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NOVEMBER 2014 - v2i11
WELCOME to Tante Lori's Monthly Newsletter designed to talk about those questions that pop in our heads from time to time. This newsletter will aim to be brief, fun, informative, and interesting. I hope you find it useful
and I welcome your comments and suggestions.
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PREPARE YOUR PETS FOR WINTER
NOTE: This is just the beginning of the research that should be done for your pets.
Yep.. even these pets need consideration. Check out this great advice and instruction at : In the Country - Winterizing Your Pond by Josh Spece (http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/articles/pond_winterize.php )
Excerpts: “If your pond is at least 3’ deep you can leave your plants and fish out all winter (place lilies in deepest area), but you will need some way for gas exchange to take place. NEVER BREAK ICE FORCIBLY!! Shock waves will stress the fish, injure their gills, and possibly kill them. Use hot water to melt a hole in the ice if necessary.
What is hibernation? How do I do it and for how long? These and other questions likely have popped into your head. If your reptile either needs or seems to want to hibernate, this overview is for you.
Do your research on the exact type of reptile you have!!! Do they hibernate or not? Hibernation is a normal process many reptiles go through. If your reptile wants or needs to hibernate, and it’s appropriate for the species to do so, then there are ways to do so safely and easily.As winter approaches you might notice your reptile changing its habits. If hibernation is normal for the species, it might be getting ready to hibernate.
Burrowing or Rodent Pets
For details go to: http://www.hartz.com/Birds/Habitat/how_to_prepare_your_bird_for_winter.aspx
DOGS and CATS
A WEALTH of information at:
As they say.. their fur is not enough to protect them from our northern winters. Especially if they live in our homes most of their little lives. We have to take into consideration that they are in most cases not built for harsh winters and are not accustomed to living in the ice, snow and freezing temperatures.
I have a client that I walk everyday(Squishy). The ice and snow hurts her paws and stops her from getting the exercise, fresh air, and neighborhood sniffing that she needs. Today was the second day of her wearing snow boots (expensive ones- $45). She now runs and enjoys her full walks again. You may look at this little Maltese and with her pink sweater, pink coat and black boots and laugh… but she’s laughing louder cause she’s back out having fun again.
Some dogs ARE built for the snow.. lots of fur.. big feet with furry padded paws. But others are not and some just don’t know when it’s time to come in from the cold. It’s up to us to make those decisions for them. LOL
Another thing I learned from this site is that the salt and other chemicals that get dumped on the snow and ice in the winter (along with anti-freeze) can be very toxic to our dogs and even a LITTLE BIT is DEADLY to CATS.
We need to be extra conscience of anti-freeze on the ground!
Two more things that stood out to me personally when I read this site were....
Cats outdoors will find anywhere warm to lay even if it’s near a car engine! Bang on your car hood each time before you start your car. You could save a life!
For stray cats, make a covered box with blankets for them if you can – details in the site.
Also… Do you Know the Signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite ???? Go to this same site for symptoms and instructions http://pets.webmd.com/features/pet-winter-safety-prepping-your-pet-for-winter-weather
(Fraser & Aylmer Road - behind swimming pool facility)
Go To Aylmer Canine Club's Website for more info!!! www.clubcaninaylmer.com/dog-parks.html
I wanted to say something on a solemn note.....
These past few months I've received news from family, friends, neighbors, and even ourselves of recent pet losses.
I am putting together a SMALL memorial page .. almost done... for those of you who want somewhere to place the memory of your loved one. I myself was going thru old files to look for photos for this newsletter and came across too many pics of our cat Buster who passed away a few months back (he was hit by a car and died instantly - we have been told). My heart aches each time I came across his photos. But I also found I was smiling.
Memories area strange that way.. make you feel bad and warm or happy at the same time!
The BEST place I have found for those who have lost their loyal pets and need comfort is at:
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Thank you for your time / Je vous remercie de votre temps ~~~~ Tante Lori .