Posts made in October 2014

Essentiall 6 Steps for Proper Dog or Cat Care

Do you worry about whether you are doing everything you can to ensure the health and happiness of animals in your care?  Now that you are really attached, and consider this animal a member of the family, what if there is something you might be doing wrong, or could be doing better?  After all, you invest a lot of time, money, and emotions into this animal, and you want to rest assured that you are following at least the most basic steps to care for them. You see the veterinarian at least once a year, but is that enough?

The real problem is that a lot can change with an animal in 12 months.  Animals age much faster than humans, so a lot more can change with them in a few weeks, than generally expect to see with people.  Heart sounds can change, internal tumors can develop, bad breath can be an early sign of dental, or worse, internal, disease. Just like we all know we need to check the oil in the car every 3,000 miles to keep it running well, there are little things we can do every week to ensure that our animal stays as low cost, easy (or even easier) to care for, and enjoyable, for as long as possible.   This is how the Animal Life Coach (me), can help, with a quick, easy 6 step check list you can use, right now, to ensure you have all the basics covered.

1) Safety First: NO BLOOD EVER!  Under no circumstance, ever, is it ok for any animal in our care to draw blood from you, or injure, anyone else in the household, other animals, neighbors, no one, ever!.  If this occurs, even once, this is a serious problem which requires the assistance of professional help, right away.  It is not ok for animals we love and care for  to bite, scratch, growl, snarl, threaten, or otherwise frighten, ANYONE, EVER.  If this happens, or is happening, even once, immediately seek the help of a professional, to save the life of your animal, and perhaps someone else’s, as well.

2) Food: Feed the best quality food you can.  You are what you eat, and so is your animal.  For animals to be be, and feel their best, they need to eat the highest quality food, and have fresh water, that you can manage to procure for them, every day.

3)Groom: Give them a thorough check over, yourself, at least once a week. This can be in a bath if you prefer, but must include:

  1. -ears
  2. -eyes
  3. -mouth, and, brush those teeth
  4. -all four feet and toes
  5. -under the tail
  6. -under the belly

Simply look for anything unusual, or that did not look that way last week. Find problems, have questions, or can’t get all steps done?  Call your vet.  Call a trainer.  There are people to help you, and it’s important.

4)Poop: Monitor eliminations at least once a week, although daily is better.  Poop scoop and monitor urine;  take a good look at it.  Has the color, consistency, or frequency changed in any way? Discuss anything that catches your attention with your veterinarian, right away.

5)Vet: Have your animal see the vet at least once every 12 months, every 6 is ideal. Ask them what you can be doing better.


Not ok!

Not ok!

: Be able to manage taking your animal, anywhere, anytime, safely and easily.  At the very least, be able to put on a halter or collar, attach a lead, and safely move them into a vehicle for transport in an emergency, or just for fun!  This is also something which your animal’s life may depend on.  If this is not easy, this is a serious concern and requires immediate professional help.

So take a moment, as soon as today, to compare this check list to each animal you are lucky enough to share your life with.  Also review my 8 Step Essential Animal Safety Plan, are you ready to make the pledge before the new year? Have great success with something and you would like to share with others?  Then please do!  Have a question?  Please ask it!  If you have the question, then it is guaranteed at least 10 other people have the same question and are afraid to ask. Don’t be afraid!  Do it for the animals, review the checklist today, and get help if you need it!

On that note, I am DrQ, and I am here, to help you, and the animals you love, have a wonderful day!


8 Essential Animal Safety Tasks- Join the Pledge!

It is nearly the holidays, oh where has the time gone?  This is the time of year which tends to be even more hectic than usual.  But just as now is the time to check those batteries in your smoke detectors, it’s also a great time to ensure your personal Pet Safety Plan, is in place. When life is especially hectic this holiday season, don’t let things slip through the cracks with your animals!  Maybe you recently moved, changed names, or forgot to post that list behind the door for emergency personnel (if they ever need to enter your home, and quickly rescue all your animals). Confidently face the holidays knowing you have done everything you can to ensure your animal’s health and safety in the exciting New Year, 2015!

I challenge YOU to have these 8 ESSENTIAL tasks every animal guardian needs, complete, before January 1, 2015!  Join me in taking THE PLEDGE to complete these small steps, that each of us knows we need to do, but have yet chosen to make a priority (or maybe you already have, you super star)!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

And as an added incentive, to show how important I really think this is, everyone who helps spread the word, and joins me, to complete their plan before the end of the year, will receive a $10 Coupon from me!  Use the coupon anytime in 2015 towards services, or tickets to one of my events!

Come on, what do you have to lose?  It is all things we animal lovers have to do anyway, so take a minute, click the link under the blog on my website,  and agree to join me to take the Pledge.  Help me, help you, make 2015 the best and brightest year yet with you and all of your animal friends. Cheers!

Have you ever accidentally killed a pet fish?

Have you ever accidentally killed a pet fish?  Even a 50 cent goldfish can leave a stabbing pain in your heart when you realize you were not even able to keep something so small, and seemingly simple, alive. Up to now, the problem has been, not knowing what you did wrong, and then, not knowing where to turn, for answers.  The internet is full of advise, but sometimes it is hard to sift it down to just the most important stuff you need to know, right now.  The pet or aquarium store can be helpful, but it depends on who you ask.  You are embarrassed because you don’t know, and feel silly because it’s JUST a goldfish.  But true animal lovers know you can’t put a price on a relationship, and it doesn’t matter if the fish cost $3 or $75,000, this is YOUR pet fish, your responsibility, and most importantly, your friend, who is counting on you, to do what it takes to keep him or her safe, and healthy.

One piece of advise, most of the time the problem with fish is water quality. Unfortunately most people start with toxic medications and water additives, at the first sign of problems with their fish, rather than checking the water  The good news is, you don’t have to be a chemist to evaluate your fishes water,  really!  All you need is to invest in a water test strip kit from the pet store, and use it, at the first sign of any problems.  If something does not look right, then 20% water changes, once or twice a day, until the numbers are in range again, does the trick, MOST of the time.  That’s it! This one little piece of advise could save thousands of little fish, and the people and children who love them,a lot of heartache.

However, if you have fish now, or want to get fish again, and want to know more about how to keep them healthy, then my upcoming course “Wet Pets”, is for you!  This will be an introductory course of all things related to keeping the most common pet fish safe, healthy, as well as the basics of what to do if you detect problems. This course is designed for veterinary technicians who hope to one day work with an aquatic veterinarian, but, it is a great introductory course for anyone fascinated by fish, and wanting to learn more about their anatomy, basic body functions, basic tank designs and functions, as well as an introduction to common diseases,  how to recognize  them, and when to hire an aquatic vet.

I promise you this 4 hour investment of your time, on Saturday November 8th, from 10-2:30 pm, will be time well spent learning fascinating facts about these wonderful creatures, and help break the myth that the cost of an animal does not in any way equate to the amount of joy sharing your live with such an exotic creature, can bring! Class size is limited, and slots, as usual,  will fill up fast.  Please forward this email to all the fish lovers you know!  Registration for the course is $175, and registration is  directly through Bel-Rea School of Veterinary Technology (where the course will be held)  at 1681 S. Dayton St, Denver, Co 80231,  phone (303)751-8700.  Thank you, and, best wishes for the fishes!Abby's Koi pic (2)