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postheadericon Dog first aid kits are easy enough to create

Dog First Aid Kits are easy enough to create. First you need some kind of container to hold all the medicines, drugs and supplies in such as a tackle box, old lunch box or some other shoe box sized plastic container. It should be water-proof, strong enough to withstand mild pressure and have a clasp of some sort – but not locking.

Label it on all sides with a felt tip marker so that it is easy to read. Something such as “Dog First Aid Kit” or whatever just so you can easily know the difference between your human first aid kit (if you made it yourself as well) and this one for your dog(s) and puppy (s).

Under the lid of your dog first aid kit would be a great place to tape an index card which contains the numbers of your local veterinarian, poison control, and other canine emergency numbers for your dogs (emergency vet, etc).

It would also be a good place to list a description of your dog(s) including color, weight, name, health issues, distinguishing characteristics and a recent photo labeled with the name of each pet. Your dog will thank you in the case of some sort of disaster or emergency when you are not at home for some reason.

Below is a list of several items you should obtain to place within your dog first aid kit and brief explanations as to what each item is for. Remember, your dogs health may depend on it.

Dog First Aid Kit Ingredients

Activated charcoal: for poisonings (1 gram per pound, mixed with water),

Antihistamine tablets: for insect stings and allergic reactions,

Betadine or Nolvasan: cleaning open wounds,

Blankets: several if possible, to help prevent against shock in the event of an accident or injury as well as a good way to transport an injured dog,

Blunt nosed scissors: to cut tape and clip. Keep these scissors with the kit.

Canine rectal thermometer: to take the dog or puppies temperature,

Cortisone ointment: Used as a topical anti-inflammatory,

Cotton balls and swabs: Used mainly to clean wounds,

Eyedropper or dosage syringe: to apply medications to your GSD,

Eyewash: to irrigate the eyes of your GSD,

First-aid cream: to sooth and protect wounds,

Gauze bandage: for wrapping wounds,

Gloves: both thin plastic to avoid contamination and thicker ones if you have a fear of being bitten,

Hand towels: to dry hands, for clean up, etc.,

Hydrogen peroxide (3%): has various uses, one of which is to induce vomiting,

Ipecac: used to induce vomiting (1 teaspoon per 20 pounds),

Kaolin and pectin: to help diarrhea (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds),

Magnifying glass: to help locate any tiny objects

Muzzle: even the best German Shepherd may bite when in extreme pain. If you don’t have one you can also make one from strips of soft long fabric, tube socks, etc.,

Nail clippers: best case scenario, have both human and canine nail clippers,

Non-stick adhesive tape: to help tape bandages in place,

Non-stinging antiseptic spray: to help clean wounds,

Pepto-Bismol , Maalox or Kaopectate: to help relieve minor stomach upsets,

Petroleum jelly: for use with the rectal thermometer, also an aid in constipation (1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds),

Saline solution: can be used for many things such as irrigating wounds,

Stretch bandages: for wound dressing,

Styptic pencil: to stop minor bleeding,

Tweezers or hemostat: use to pull our splinters or other small foreign objects,

Vegetable oil: for mild constipation (1 teaspoon per 5 pounds, mix it in with food)

postheadericon Silverfish (lepisma saccharina) are slender, fast running, wingless insects that are approximately a centimetre and a half to two centimetres in length

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are slender, fast running, wingless insects that are approximately a centimetre and a half to two centimetres in length. They are metallic silvery-blue in colour with antennae at the front of their bodies and three long bristle-like tails protruding from their rear end. Their fish-like darting movements and their colour gave rise to their name. These insects are very ancient creatures having been around for over 300 million years and are found throughout the entire world but are especially associated with human habitats.

How do silverfish breed?

The male silverfish lays his spermatophore (basically a capsule containing his spermatozoa) which is then taken up by the female for fertilisation, who of course will then produce fertilised eggs. The female silverfish will lay her eggs in small cracks and crevices in places that are damp and warm. The eggs will hatch usually between two weeks to two months later depending on the conditions prevalent at the time. When the young silverfish emerge, they will look just like smaller versions of the adults and will reach maturity in about six months.

Where do silverfish like to live?

They favour moist, humid places so can be found in and around shower rooms, bathrooms, toilets, kitchens, damp floors, cupboards (particularly under the sink), sinks, windows, old pipes and skirting boards. Sometimes they can become trapped in the bath or the sink as they slide down whilst foraging for food and are unable to climb back up the slippery surfaces. You can suspect the presence of silverfish in your home if you find yellowy stains on paper or material, evidence of scales or excrement, or if books and wallpaper look notched or damaged at the ends. They don’t like the light and are nocturnal by nature so will usually been seen scuttling around the floors, pipes and skirting boards at night, which is also when they like to feed.

What do silverfish eat?

Silverfish like to feed on just about anything and are particularly attracted to starch and polysaccharides. They will eat away at adhesive bindings or anything containing glue substances, photographs, cotton and other material and fibres, wallpaper, wallpaper paste, books and papers, detergent residues, shampoo, shaving foam and other toiletries containing cellulose, dried and powdered foods, cereals, leather, and have even been known to feed on dead insects at times.

How do silverfish get in the house?

They can quite easily be transferred into the house inside cardboard boxes, old books or papers, or on any starched fabrics as well as other materials.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish are not harmful to humans but they are considered a nuisance pest, particularly if they are present in large numbers. You can treat existing infestations of silverfish yourself quite easily with a residual insecticide making sure that you apply it to window frames, skirting boards, cupboards and shelves under the sinks, floors around the toilet and bath, pipes, cracks and crevices and anywhere else that you suspect they may be lurking. You could also try airing rooms regularly to prevent a build up of moisture and treating any damp areas as silverfish cannot survive in dry conditions. Another option is to remove or at least restrict their food supply by clearing up old books and newspapers that are lying around, making sure that any detergents or residues from shampoos and other toiletries are thoroughly rinsed away and that all containers are properly sealed. However, removing their food supply as the only means of prevention is not effective as silverfish are able to survive for many months without any food at all.

postheadericon Choosing between cat breeds can be like trying to decide which snowflake is prettier

Choosing between cat breeds can be like trying to decide which snowflake is prettier. Each new kitten is cuter than the next. There are so many varieties to choose from, each with its own distinct look and personality. Do you want a cat breed that is sleek, like an Abyssinian or Siamese?

Alternatively, do you want a cat such as a Persian that gives an air of sophistication? Maybe you want something that resembles a cat’s wild cousins? Bengal cats have beautiful spotted coats reminiscent of leopards and ocelots, and the Pixie Bob looks like the bobcats of North America.

Pixie Bobs may have a wild look to them, but you couldn’t ask for a more charming, loving companion. This breed has a reputation for being the Golden Retrievers of the cat world. These cats, first bred in the Pacific Northwestern United States, were thought to be the product of a Bobcat and a feral cat.

DNA results have yet to prove any bloodline relation, though. The only “fierceness” this cat has is in its loyalty to its owner and family. Breeders have found that after a Pixie Bob reaches the age of one or two, they don’t adapt well to new owners.

The Pixie Bob is a medium to large cat that some have described as “big boned”. They have spotted markings and black tufts on their ears. Their tails are either short or full length. If you’re planning on showing your Pixie Bob, make sure that the breeder hasn’t had the tail docked (cut).

A docked tail is not acceptable in the show ring. Pixie Bobs also have huge paws that are “straight toed” or “poly toed”. A Pixie Bob with straight toes has paws with the usual number of toes on it (five in the front and four in the back).

A poly-toed Pixie Bob will have more than the usual number of toes, maybe six on the front paws instead of five. Unlike most cats, Pixie Bobs take three years to reach maturity as opposed to the usual one year. The males can reach 22 pounds and the females top out at 16 pounds.

If you are looking for a Pixie Bob, you can expect to sign a contract for the protection of the cattery, the kitten, and you. A contract outlines what the cattery will be responsible for (such as a 72-hour guarantee on the health of the kitten and what records the cattery’s veterinarian will provide), refunds, replacements, and expenses.

The contract will also inform you of the buyer’s responsibilities once the kitten leaves the possession of the cattery. Some other things you can expect to find on the contract are holding fees (if you request that a specific kitten be held for you), a promise from you to give the kitten a good home and reasonable care, and advertising rights (the cattery might want to use photos of your kitten for future promotions).

Now that you have decided that you would like to have a Pixie Bob of your own, where can you find one? It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to find one in a cat shelter, although there are Pixie Bob rescues out there.

While most of the Pixie Bob catteries are located in Washington State in the United States, you can find them all over the US and in the UK as well. The International Cat Association has listings for Pixie Bob catteries and practically every other breed of cat out there.

postheadericon The internet is an amazingly wide place with millions of places to visit

The internet is an amazingly wide place with millions of places to visit. It is easy to imagine that you are anonymous in the midst of such a vast world of information. Unfortunately it is just when we believe that we are no more than a speck of dust, when we become the speck of dust that everyone notices.

This is particularly true when you post photos online. As soon as your photo takes its place on the internet, it becomes public property. Sure, you may copyright it, but it is still open for anyone to see, and for anyone to comment on.

It is unbelievable the types of photos that people post online. They may believe that they are only there for their friends, but soon that photo is seen by millions of others. And although you might take the photo down as soon as it creates waves, that does not mean it is gone. All it takes is someone “borrowing” your photo to show someone else, and it remains available for others to see.

It is unbelievable the types of photos that people post of their horses. Photos of young children playing barefoot beneath their pony’s hooves. Toddlers riding bareback, without helmets, on horses that their owners proudly proclaim as unbroken stallions. Three or four people stacked onto the back of an obviously underweight and sway backed old mare. Horses grazing in fields full of dangerous equipment, behind broken fencing and rolls of barbed wire.

Posting photos such as these are sure ways to get yourself criticized. Educated horse people are horrified by such irresponsibility, and there are websites that specialize in tearing a strip off of those who can’t bother to take proper care of their horses, or keep their kids safe.

If you do not want that photo to represent you, DON’T post it online. So what if it was “just once”, or your only did it “for fun”. These types of photos do not belong online.

You wouldn’t post a naked photo of yourself online, would you? Posting bad photos of yourself or your family with your horses isn’t much better. If you must take a photo of something that was “too cute”, keep it to yourself, or show it to your friends by email or at home. Don’t post it online for the world to see.

Be sensible, and only post things that you would be happy for your mother, or your coach, or your business partner to see. You never know when that stupid photo might come back and bite you in the breeches.

And finally, the last thing (which would definitely seem obvious to most of the people) is that you should not misrepresent your horse. Things like digital correction, horse markings removal, etc., are simply unacceptable as they are misleading the buyer. Unfortunately, there are many horse sellers who do that and in some extreme cases even post the photos of the horses they do not own. This is immoral, unacceptable and punishable by law as it is illegal to misadvertise.

postheadericon The most adorable creatures in the world are the ones at the onset of their lives

The most adorable creatures in the world are the ones at the onset of their lives. From newborn babies to newborn puppies; who does not love having these precious little heavenly angels around? Now everyone cannot get babies whenever they wish but they sure can get an equally lovable puppy dog as their best companion and well wisher. Dogs are such beautiful animals; their love towards their masters is immeasurable. It’s only the owners of these pets who get to experience unconditional love from their canine loved ones. Most dog lovers take care of their dog as their own child. They pamper them and make them feel like family. It has also been observed to be a fashion trend to take a little puppy dog around in hand exactly like certain movie stars do, and needless to say if your favorite movie star or celebrity is caught doing something, that practice sure does spread like wild fire among the common man.

Since fashion has come in to picture even in the case of your pooches, various forms of apparel, costumes, accessories, jewelry and other miscellaneous adornments for our four-legged best pals have been highly commercialized and sold in the market and is a huge hit. What better occasion than a pooch birthday to gift your puppy dog the best and the cutest outfit that suits its personality. Dogs and puppies, when they look at you with those big eyes when you are all decked up in your best attire that is both colorful and elegant, does it occur to you that it might also want to look similar to its master and wear something colorful and elegant of its own. Although nothing is communicated verbally it is something that you as dog lovers may want to make your dogs feel like royalty on the occasion of their birthday.

Birthday clothing for your dogs is available in the market and in various designs to suit your needs. Before you buy your dog a birthday suit, you can always have a look at pictures of dogs of your dog breed sporting fashionable dresses on the internet. These dresses are also sold through various popular websites that are into this business for a few years now.

Birthday dresses can be carefully chosen according to the size of your dog, its gender and the color of the fur. It is just as much fun to shop for your pooches as it is to shop for any of your loved ones on their birthday. The dresses are even cuter and pretty when what you own is a puppy dog.

Birthday outfits for female dogs are much more grand and full of variety and colors and designs. They come with a lot of frills and nets and floral designs. You could also fit a bow of the same kind onto the head of the puppy. It gives the most chic look and is totally photograph material. Decorate your puppy with the outfit and the accessories and make them look at themselves in the mirror, they sure would bark out of joy. Take a picture of this memorable birthday and frame it at your home so that others can see how lucky your dog is to find a home that showers special love and adoration for it on its birthday.