10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Pets

Spot the Warning Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov 04, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Cancer in pets is more common than you think. It is the number one natural cause of death in geriatric cats and dogs and accounts for nearly 50 percent of pet deaths each year. Some breeds are especially susceptible to cancer.

Although the leading cause of death in older cats and dogs, cancer also is the most treatable disease when compared to life-limiting diseases such as congestive heart failure, renal failure and diabetes. An educated and dedicated veterinary health care team is essential to caring for cancer-stricken pets.

"It is crucial for pet owners to take their pets to the veterinarian twice a year to monitor them for early signs of the disease," says Dr. Gregory Ogilvie, a California Veterinary Medical Association member, world-renowned oncologist and director of the California Veterinary Specialists (CVS) Angel Care Cancer Center in Carlsbad, California. "Routine blood tests also can help identify problems early."
Commons signs of cancer for pet owners to watch for include:

-- Unexplained bleeding or discharge
-- Loss of appetite
-- Oral odor
-- Abnormal swellings or swollen lymph nodes
-- Drooling or difficulty eating or swallowing
-- Changes in exercise or stamina level
-- Lameness
-- A sore that does not heal
-- Chronic weight loss
-- Change in bowel or bladder habits

The best treatment for cancer is prevention. Dr. Ogilvie recommends feeding cats and dogs a high-quality, balanced diet with low amounts of simple carbohydrates and high amounts of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. He also advises pet owners to ensure their pets exercise regularly and eliminate pets' exposure to industrial chemicals and tobacco smoke. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's best for your pet.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, there is hope. Advances in veterinary medicine and technology offer multiple treatment options, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgical procedures. Above all, enhancing your pet's health, well-being and quality of life is the ultimate goal.

The California Veterinary Medical Association is the largest state veterinary medical association in the United States, with more than 6,200 members. For more information, visit http://www.cvma.net.
SOURCE California Veterinary Medical Association

What Do You Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic?
By Christina Ryan - Seattle Post Intelligencer
ACCES Marketing Coordinator/Blood Bank Assistant

You've come home from work and walk in the door. Suddenly it occurs to you that your dog has not come to the door to greet you as usual. Even after you have called for her, she hasn't come around. With growing concern you begin walking around the house looking for her-first the living room, then the bedroom, then the den. To no avail you walk right into the kitchen and there you see it: the disaster scene.

Little pieces of wrapper are lying all over the floor. The silver packaging reflects the overhead light as you look at your dog and ask, "What happened?" Your dog is lying on the floor, peering up at you with a sad look in her eyes and candy remains on her lips.

Many of us have been there-but do you really know what to do when it happens? Last week we outlined some of the medical problems that can occur due to ingestion of grapes, chocolate, onions, and xylitol. For more information on this topic, visit last week's blog posting. This week, we want to outline the tools that you need in the event that your pet does ingest something toxic.

Whether your dog or cat has eaten chocolate, raw bread dough, medications (human or animal), a potential poison such as rat bait or fertilizer, grapes, a tennis ball or other foreign object, an entire dog bone, or something else potentially hazardous, the first thing to you should do is NOT PANIC. In most cases it takes some time for these items to have harmful effects. In others, things that seem toxic may actually be OK. However, it is important to know that you don't really know exactly when your pet ate the potentially harmful item, and there is a sense of urgency no matter when the animal ingested the object. So, you should call your veterinarian right away, or go to the nearest emergency clinic.

Before you do make the call or walk out the door, you need to gather as much information as possible. Establish a time frame of when the pet ate the toxin. Also try to determine how much was consumed. Be able to tell the person on the phone how old your pet is, its weight, and any medication the pet is currently taking.

Then, gather the packaging of the item-the pill vial, the candy wrapper, the baking instructions, the package of poison and BRING IT WITH YOU. This information can be the most important thing you can provide your doctor because it allows the doctor to start the appropriate treatment right away. It also tells him or her whether the induction of vomiting will be safe-some items that are corrosive (such as acids from batteries) can be more harmful when vomiting is induced than when the object passes through the intestinal tract. Some items are too large or lodged too solidly to vomit and must be surgically removed.

Next, head to your veterinarian or emergency clinic right away. DO NOT try to induce vomiting yourself with items like hydrogen peroxide or syrup of ipicac. Syrup of ipicac is harmful because it can cause cardiac arrest or other damage to the heart. If your veterinarian wants you to induce vomiting at home, s/he will be able to give you the appropriate instructions.

At the hospital, your veterinarian has a series of special medications that are injected intravenously, intramuscularly, or orally. These drugs will make the pet vomit within minutes and are tailored to your pet's specific weight. The veterinarian can also reverse the effects of the drugs by giving another safe, intramuscular injection. The doctor may follow-up vomiting by feeding your pet activated charcoal to help neutralize any toxins that may have entered the blood stream. Sometimes, depending on the toxin, your pet will then need to be hospitalized for at least 24 hours and given IV fluids to flush the system.

It is important to be completely honest with your veterinarian. Many times owners are hesitant to tell the doctor exactly what the pet ate because the item consumed is an illegal substance, such as marijuana, and they fear legal ramifications. It is important to remember that the veterinarian does not judge you on what you have in your home, and has only the pet's best interest at heart. Knowing what your pet ate is crucial for the veterinarian to treat your pet appropriately.

If your pet has swallowed a foreign object, it may have to be taken out surgically. There are also non-surgical procedures such as endoscopy which sometimes work if the object is in the stomach. Endoscopy allows the doctor to retrieve the item using a camera and scope with a hook on the end. The hook grabs the item, and then pulls it back out the way it went in. If the item is lodged too forcefully, then surgery may be the next option.

The most important thing to remember is to be aware of the things in your home that your pet could potentially get into. Last week's blog outlines some of the more toxic foods pets commonly ingest. Next week's blog topic will provide information about how to pet-proof your home, so stay tuned for more information!

For a list of toxic plants and other items to keep away from your pet, visit the National Animal Poison Control website. It is always a good idea to keep in mind some of the toxic agents commonly found around the home.

John McGahey strokes the head of his service cat, Patch, while waiting for a bus in Corpus Christi, Texas, Monday. The animal is being trained to stay with him in a carrying bag in public places. Petting Patch sooths the veteran’s paranoia, he said. (AP PHOTO/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Rachel Denny Clow)

10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Pets
By Margaret Buranen - Special to the Lexington Herald-Leader

The joy of owning a pet may be priceless, but the cost of caring for one isn't cheap.

And in these hard economic times, when health care and grocery bills for human family members are sky-high, some pet owners are having trouble paying for their animals' needs.

"We're caring for more animals than ever," said Madison Carey, director of development at the Lexington Humane Society. "About 25 percent of the animals coming in now are due to the economy."

Area shelter directors and veterinarians and the American Kennel Club offer these tips for saving money on pet care.

Veterinary care

Every pet should have a yearly vet checkup. The cost pays off, for your pet will live longer. A problem the vet finds can be treated before it turns into a serious illness and a major expense.

Many vets give discounts if you bring in all of your pets on the same day. Be sure to ask about: alternative/less expensive treatments, generic drugs, free samples, and whether the vet can meet the price of an online pharmacy.

If your pet needs regular treatment such as subcutaneous fluids, ask the vet tech to teach you how to administer the treatment at home.

Also, take advantage of pet clinics, like free rabies shots, and look for coupons at the vet's office and pet stores for flea and tick preventives.

Ask your vet which vaccinations your pet can safely skip, but remember that vaccinations costs far less than treatment of distemper and other major animal diseases, which can be fatal.

Pet insurance

Look into health insurance for your pet, but read the policy carefully to be sure it would be a good deal, given your pet's age and health and that routine vet visits and treatments are included in the coverage.

Ask your vet for advice in selecting a plan.


This second major expense of owning a pet is also one where spending in the short time saves more money in the long term. Feed your animal quality food that your veterinarian recommends. Higher quality pet food has better ingredients to help your pet stay healthy.

Get a frequent buyers or preferred shoppers card, such as Incredipet's Club Paws or PetSmart's, which give discounts or free food. Watch for sales at pet stores.

Feed your animal the appropriate food for its age and don't overfeed. If your pet has gained weight, ask your vet about switching to another type of food.

Larger bags of pet food usually offer the best savings. Try to buy when the brand is on sale or with a coupon.

Exercise and play

Overweight animals are more likely to develop diabetes, arthritis, heart trouble, cancer, and other health problems that are expensive to treat.

Spay or neuter your pet

The Lexington Humane Society has a low-cost program. Animals who are spayed or neutered live longer, avoid certain cancers, and the pet owner doesn't have the expense of caring for a litter.

Keep your pet confined to home

Dogs who stay inside or in fenced yards and cats who stay inside are far less likely to be hit by a car or attacked by another animal, which can lead to lengthy, expensive treatment and even surgery.

Groom your pet

Mouth infections can spread and infected teeth or gum disease costs more to treat than preventive care. If your pet won't let you use a child's toothbrush, get a finger glove brush. Ask the vet tech to show you how to do this.
Also, save money by bathing your pet and trimming its nails yourself.

Make your ownpet toys and treats

Empty tubes from food wrap and no-longer-lively tennis balls are good free toys. Instead of buying two colorful balls for $4 to $5, buy a package of six ping-pong balls for $3.
You can find recipes online for baking healthy biscuits and other pet treats. Carrots, broccoli, or apple chunks also make healthy, inexpensive treats.

Shop at garage sales

Look for pet carriers, scratching posts, bowls and other items at garage sales and thrift shops.

Buy in bulk

Calculate the savings per item or per ounce in buying cat litter and other supplies in large sizes. Look online for bargains given for bulk buys. Use coupons when possible.

Obama Promises First Dog
Chicago Breaking News

Barack Obama made a lot of promises during his election campaign, but none more important than one he made to his young daughters.

From the campaign's onset, he vowed to buy the girls a dog, win or lose. And as he stood before the country as president-elect Tuesday, he announced that America would have a new First Dog come January.

Vote for the kind of dog President-elect Obama should buy his family.

See photos of presidential pets.

"I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama told his daughters, Sasha and Malia. "You have earned the puppy that is coming with us."

Malia, 10, has already expressed a desire for a "goldendoodle," a hypoallergenic hybrid of a golden retriever and a standard poodle that typically can't be found at the pound and isn't recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

Public opinion, however, is already at odds with the First Family. In a recent AKC poll, voters said they would like the Obamas to adopt a purebred poodle.

Poodles are currently the eighth-most popular breed in the United States, according to 2007 Kennel Club registration statistics. The breed spent more than two decades in the top spot, a testament to its suitability as a family pet.

Though poodles require frequent grooming, experts say their consistent and predictable coat would be beneficial to Malia, who has allergies.

More than 42,000 people cast their votes during the seven-week campaign held over the summer. The poodle clinched the nomination after battling it out with the soft-coated wheaten terrier in a race way tighter than one between Obama and Republican nominee John McCain. Just a few hundred votes separated the top two canine contenders.

The miniature schnauzer, bichon frise and Chinese crested were also nominated. A Kennel Club spokeswoman said these child-friendly breeds also would have been ideal for the Obama family because they have hypoallergenic coats, moderate energy levels and stable social temperaments.

"Most of our Presidents kept purebreds in the White House," AKC Spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said. "When times get tough - during a bad economy or when presidential pressures are at their peak -- these dogs serve as personal companions and give much relaxation and laughter to our leaders during difficult times."

Should the Obamas go with a purebred, they'd do so over the objections of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In a letter sent to Obama, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk urged him to buy a pound pup rather than purchase a pooch from a breeder or a pet store.

"No one needs to tell you that this country is proud to be a melting pot and that there is something deeply wrong and elitist about wanting only a purebred dog," Newkirk wrote. "Millions of Great American Mutts -- the dog that should be our national dog -- are set to die in our nation's extremely overcrowded pounds and shelters for lack of good homes."

If Obama makes good on his puppy promise, the gesture could be seen as olive branch to a segment of the population that didn't support for him. An Associate Press-Yahoo News poll last summer found that pet owners favored McCain (who owns more than a dozen dogs) over Obama 42 percent to 37 percent, with dog owners particularly in McCain's corner.

President Bush owns two Scottish Terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley. The current First Dogs share the White House with Willie the Cat.

--Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Breaking News Center


Steve Maylone, of Silverthorne, Colo., along with his dog, Dillon, get out and enjoy the fresh snow Wednesday morning while playing at Dillon Marina Park in Dillon, Colo. Several inches of snow fell on the central mountains of Colorado Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain will open their ski resorts for the season Friday morning.(AP Photo/Glenwood Springs Post Independent,Mark Fox)

Pet Owners Face Code of Practice

Cats are solitary creatures but need entertainment, the government says
Cat and dog owners are to be told to provide "entertainment" and "mental stimulation" for their pets under new government advice.

The code of practice also includes advice on diet and providing "somewhere suitable to go to the toilet".

It says owners should watch for signs of stress and advises on introducing cats to dogs without the fur flying.

Owners will not be fined for breaking the rules but failure to comply may be used in animal cruelty prosecutions.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it wanted to remind pet owners of their responsibilities under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act.

The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."

Hot car warning

The document, which will be published as a leaflet and on Defra's website after an eight week consultation period, says owners must provide their pets with a "suitable place to live" including "somewhere suitable to go to the toilet". It also advises providing a separate litter tray for each cat.

This means no one will be able to claim ignorance as an excuse for mistreating any animal

Hilary Benn
Environment secretary

And it adds: "Cats need opportunities to climb and jump, such as a simple 'platform' type bed or safe access to shelves and the tops of cupboards.

"Cats that are not very tame, such as some farm cats, may prefer to live outdoors in more basic shelter but you still need to look after them."

The guidelines warn owners they could face prosecution for cruelty for leaving animals in hot cars.

And they give a detailed description of what constitutes normal behaviour - such as scratching and clawing - and tells owners to "watch your cat closely for signs of stress or changes in behaviour".

"Dogs should be introduced to cats very carefully; the dog should be held safely on a lead at first so that it cannot chase the cat," it adds.

On diet, it advises fresh food every day but warns "an obese cat is an unhealthy cat" adding "it is a good idea in a 'greedy' cat to have the measured food divided up into a number of meals per day".

Play advice

And it tells owners to provide suitable toys and "entertainment" for their cats.

"You should ensure that your cat has enough mental stimulation from you and from its environment to avoid boredom and frustration.

"It is your responsibility to provide opportunities for your cat to satisfy all of its behavioural needs, such as play and companionship."

But, the guide adds, cats are solitary creatures and the most common cause of stress is "coming into close contact with other cats they do not like".

Dog owners, by contrast, are given detailed instructions on ensuring their pets do not become lonely or isolated as "dogs are a social species and need the company of people, dogs or other animals".

There are similar guidelines for horse owners under the proposals, which are subject to an eight week consultation period. The proposed leaflet also includes the relevant sections of animal welfare legislation.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: "These three new codes of practice will outline the responsibilities under the Animal Welfare Act and give practical advice on how to fulfil them.

"This means no one will be able to claim ignorance as an excuse for mistreating any animal."

Thank you for your many e-mails. Here is a selection of your comments.

Tiddles and I have managed to grab some tickets for the Bond movie, I'd also thought we'd take in a pizza before the film. Next week she fancies Alton Towers....
Paul, Braintree

What will they come up with next? My family has had many animals and we have not felt the need to be told how to "entertain" them! My cat is sleeping right now, so do I leave him to sleep, assuming that is normal, or wake him up and entertain him, in case he is just bored? Better read the guidelines!
Julie, Dunstable

We'll be given advice on how to breathe next.
Alex, Edinburgh

Unfortunately, the people in need of this advice (and there are many) are probably too stupid to read.
Martin, London

Once again the nanny state strikes, full of useless information and pointing out the blatently obvious, we need to stop wasting money on these useless things and put our taxes to more practical use.
Brian, Manchester

Entertain a cat? When you remove the time our cat spends eating, sleeping and having a quick patrol around the garden there are no hours left in a day! That's on top of the fact that any form of disturbance whilst she's doing any of those things would be met with a look of total disgust. Anyone who really knows how to care for and look after their pet doesn't need this advice. Anyone who does need to read it shouldn't be left alone with the poor animal. It's another waste of money that could have been put into proper animal welfare.
Des, Reading, England

Yes the code of practice is a good idea and as a dog owner I feel that a dog licence should be re introduced and it should be manditory to have i.d. on the dog i.e. a tag on the collar and/or chipped, also dogs must be kept on leads in public places and £2000 fine for dog fouling in public places.
Andy, Devon

Yes it is good to have these quidelines. People need to remember ALL animals are dumb therefore unable to communicate their needs: unlike their human counterparts
Marie , leicester

An 8 week consultation! They could have gone to the local library and picked up, cats for dummies or Noddy's guide to owning a pet.
Jay, london

Good idea. For far too long, pets have been purchased and then neglected and people have been able to make excuses. They say ignorance is bliss - well not any more sunshine!
Amanda, Cambridge

Is this a joke? Government guidelines telling you that it's a good idea to let your pet go to the toilet? There are some things (and looking after a pet is one of them) that should be down to common sense. If you don't have enough common sense to know that your pet needs to sometimes go to the toilet then you should be in care. Or is this intended for labour voters who don't know such things?
Steve, London

I've provided a small bridge and 'no fishing' sign for my goldfish. Is this sufficient under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act?Phil, Berkhamsted, UK

It is a superb idea. I live next door to someone whose idea of looking after their cat is feeding it. It is only allowed in doors when they are at home, and as they are out all week, and stay away at weekends, the poor cat is like a stray, fights with my cat, eats her food, and costs me endless vets bills due to the stress it causes my cat. The sad thing is that the neighbours cat is a beautiful cat and deserves a loving home.
Alison, Suffolk

This is the ultimate in interfering government! What next - feline rights? They should have better things to do with their time and our money than this.
Jennifer, Huntingdon

Does the guidance say how to stop my neighbours cat from doing numbers twos in my garden?
Mrs Trellis, Bristol

Next Gordon and his nanny state loving chums will be telling us how to walk our dogs...oh whoops he already is. Code of conduct on how to drink a cup of tea next Gordon? Has this Government got nothing better to do? Two wars, an economy on the verge of collapse failing health and education yet we all know how to feed our dogs when most people are struggling to feed themselves.
Bruce, Grantham

My cat is 18 years old. I would like to know what form of 'entertainment' is recommended for this age group. Bingo, perhaps?
Sarah, Arundel, west sussex

The world has gone mad or at least this government has. I wonder whether similar guidelines exist on how to treat children and elderly relatives? No doubt these guidelines will now be used by the scaremongers from the RSPCA to harass old ladies for not running around with their dogs every day or not buying their cats expensive toys. I also wonder how much public money has been spent on these guidelines. Whoever came up with this 'brilliant' idea should surely be sent to look for a real job together with the rest of the no doubt large department this person works in. What a shambles! I was entertaining the thought of having a cat as our boys are very fond of the idea. No chance of that now! Too dangerous. Better have another baby.
Mary, Cambridge

For a nation of supposed animal lovers there is a shocking level of animal cruelty in the UK. Anything that may improve this situation is a good idea although it's a shame people have to be encouraged or reminded to provide basic care for their animals.
Lorna, Ayrshire, Scotland

When will the big brother, nanny state ever stop interferring? It won't change peoples hearts or minds, good pet owners don't need the advice and bad owners won't care either way, it's just more namby pampy nonsense to keep the activists happy, who is going to keep checks and who is going to foot the bill?
Julian, Salford, UK

I think this is a great idea. Some people need to have these simple things outlined for them in plain English. A lot of people just get pets for the sake of it and often without thinking about the animals needs. It is also about time people were unable to get away with animal neglect. Bringing out these guidelines means they can no longer say they didn't know what they were doing or what they were supposed to be doing. I know it seems a bit of a waste of time but there are so many people out there who really shouldn't be getting away with what they are doing.
Lucy, Southampton, UK

Just what we need at the beginning of a recession! An 8 week consultation on "How to pamper your pooch" Glad to see any excess from the government's rescue of the fat cat bankers is being used to teach us how to look after them.
Mike, York

A quite important question is this; if you need to have home checks, income checks etc for getting an animal, how can anyone choose to have a baby without first being checked out. Surely these issues are much bigger and more important than whether joe spends a couple of hours a night playing with his cat. What about his child?
Martin, Milton Keynes, UK

I worked in a pet shop and it is sometimes shocking how little people know about their pets health and lifestyle needs before they buy them. I think that the government is right to introduce a code of conduct or general information but 26 pages on cat care does seem a little excessive.
Natalie, Brighton, UK

It always pleases me when tougher guidelines and regulations against animal cruelty appear. However, why is there never anything about the most neglected pet in the UK (probably the world) - the rabbit? Most domestic rabbits live in tiny cages, with no exercise, poor hygiene and the wrong sort of food. It is a terrible tragedy that these beautiful animals are so often neglected by owners and the authorities.
Emma, Sussex, England

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Review
by Billy Tatum - Hollyscoop

Somewhere a Taco Bell ad rep must be preparing a lawsuit.

For a kids movie, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" is more filling than a chalupa teaching kids about everything from the value of friendship to pet adoption.

From manicures, pedicures (or is that 'peticures') pampered pooch Chloe (Drew Barrymore) has anything a dog (or a human) could ever want, including a fawning Jamie Lee Curtis as cosmetics magnate Viv (bravely sporting the streaks of gray). Viv proves not only that 50 is the new 30, but that pocket-sized dogs are the new children. After all, dogs won't show up on Celebrity Rehab.

When Viv has to leave on business, the high-maintenance Chloe is left in the hands of her spoiled niece, Rachel (Piper Perabo). Chloe's lifestyle, wardrobe and itinerary doesn't sit well with her two-legged guardian, however. During a trip to Mexico, Chloe wanders off and it's up to Rachel, the gardener Sam (Manolo Cardona) and his Chihuahua Papi (voiced by George Lopez) to bring her back before she's found by a vicious dog fighting ring and Aunt Viv finds out.

Director Raja Gosnell takes what could've been a lightweight kid's film and gives it more bite than bark by mixing enough positive messages sprinkled in with the humor. Gosnell manages to balance the love stories of Papi and Chloe along with their respective guardians. While simplistically painting Mexico as a small country that you can completely traverse in a weekend, he does make sure the human characters are more than just props such as when Sam reminds Rachel that he's not a gardener, but a landscaper. Just as Sam tackles Rachel's racial stereotypes, so does the film try to relay to the audience that you can be "Tiny but Mighty."

The dog's voices are a virtual "Who's Who" of top Latin celebs such as Placido Domingo as Monte, a retired police dog with a secret who helps out the helpless and slightly annoying Chloe. George Lopez as Papi, who is head over heels for Chloe, delivers most of the gags, some funny...some cheesy such as "We're Mexicans...not Mexi-can'ts." But the kids I sat with loved it. The fact that the CGI used to show the dogs talking makes up for any questionable one-liners.

Art imitates life as the character of Papi was actually rescued from a shelter, a fact that was integrated into the film. As a matter of fact, pet adoption is a major theme of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" as several of Papi's new friends found new homes. Friendship, pet adoption and believing in yourself are messages just strong enough to make you forget the $8 popcorn.

Billy Tatum gives "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" 4 (out of 5) Scoops.

"Beverly Hills Chihuahua." MPAA rating: PG for some mild thematic elements. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes. In general release.

Posted by: Billy Tatum

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Love Your Pets, Or Go To Jail
Living One India

Pet lovers, beware, public display of care for your four-legged friend could put you behind bars.

Feeding your pet at table or giving them chocolate treats might land you in jail, if new guidelines proposed to pet owners in Britain are to be believed.

The new code released for consultation, as a part of Animal Welfare Act 2006 to prevent cruelty, recommends that chocolate, raisins or grapes are "poisonous" for pets and a dog should not be disturbed when eating as this can cause "food-related aggression".

It also says that dogs should not be fed at the table as this can lead to begging, while "curious" cats should be kept away from windows or tumble dryers. Although, the guidance says that breaching the three codes will not in itself be a crime, however it could prove to be the deciding factor in whether an individual is found guilty in court of a pet welfare offence.

It also ask pet owners to groom dogs with long hair at least once a day and all dogs should have teeth cleaned with dog chews.

The Opposition politicians criticised the "over the top" rules that "take people for fools". Bill Wiggin, the Tory spokesman on animal welfare, said the new codes are "absurd". "Defra has missed the opportunity to produce a set of sensible proposals that would protect animals from abuse and mistreatment. Here we have this ridiculous guide, which tells people not to walk their dog in the heat of the day or feed it at the table," he added.

The punishment includes a maximum jail sentence of six months or a fine of up to 20,000 pounds. Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, said the new laws afford animals "greater protection than ever before". "These three new codes of practice will outline the responsibilities of owners under the Act and give practical advice on how to fulfil them," the Telegraph quoted Benn, as saying.

“This means no one will be able to claim ignorance as an excuse for mistreating any animal," she added. The code of practice for dogs advises against taking a dog for a walk during the hottest part of the day or feeding it less than an hour before vigorous exercise in order to avoid "bloating".

It also ask pet owners to groom dogs with long hair at least once a day and all dogs should have teeth cleaned with dog chews or canine toothpaste as part of routine care. Training dogs should be done through "positive reinforcement" rather than punishment that can lead to behavioural problems in the future.

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Dog Training - Dog No Command
Author: John Williams

The ‘no’ command is a widely used command throughout dog training and is used to tell your dog not to do something or to stop them in their tracks to avoid dangerous situations or general bad behavior.

I think of the no command as more of a training technique rather than a command and to perfect the technique you will need to be consistent for most of your time with your pet dog. The no command isn’t like other commands and is taught over several years rather than a ‘learn it and forget it’ dog training technique.

You can start to teach your dog the no command as soon as you see your cute little puppy doing something wrong for the first time, to most people the command will come naturally when they see their dog causing terror in the house and it will not be too hard for them to remember how to execute the technique.

The no command should come part and parcel with punishing your dog, the idea behind the no command is to teach your dog that ‘no’ means bad behavior and punishment, after teaching this command the end result will be that your dog should stop whatever they are doing when you say ‘no’.

So to make this command work you will need to enforce and recite ‘no’ in a very assertive way whenever you are punishing your dog or see your dog behaving badly that will result in punishment. By doing this your dog will associate ‘no!’ with being punished and making you the owner, unhappy.

If you do this consistently through your dogs earlier years, especially when your dog is a puppy and very impressionable you will gain respect from your dog and just saying ‘no’ alone will be enough to stop your dog in its tracks and save you punishing your dog.

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