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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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Keep your furry family members safe during this holiday season with these five important tips:

1) Timber! Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it does not tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water, which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset, from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

How to Recycle An Old T-Shirt Into A New Dog Toy

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Materials Needed:
Three old t-shirts (Be sure you don't want to wear them anymore, as you will be cutting them up!)
Pair of sharp scissors

Directions:
STEP 1: Cut your t-shirts into 3 long strips. This is where you can customize the size of the finished toy. Our pictured toy was created for a medium sized dog using strips approximately 2 inches wide x 15 inches long. 

 

STEP 2: Gather the pieces together & tie a knot, very tightly, at one end leaving approximately 1 1/2" of material overhang.

 

 

Chicken Bumblefoot Treatment ~ A Safer, Easier, Non-Surgical Procedure

Chicken Being Treated for BumblefootWe have kept chickens for approximately 7 years and have been so fortunate in all that time to never have to deal with a serious health issue with them. Unfortunately recently one of our hens developed bumblefoot and she had two spots of it on the same foot. I was so dismayed because all of the articles I had read suggested a surgical option was the only treatment. So, I jumped on the internet once again to look for another option, because I was not going to cut into her foot. It just did not seem like the right course of treatment to me.

How Does Catnip Effect Your Cat

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Since catnip is a relative of the marijuana plant (in a far-off manner) the effect can be loosely compared to the high of marijuana, however catnip is entirely safe to give to your cat. The purpose of giving your cat catnip is for the cat's entertainment and enjoyment of the natural high. Catnip is an herb belonging to the Labiatae family and contains nepetalactone, which is the active chemical in catnip responsible for your cat's funny behavior. It is closely related to an active ingredient in female cat urine, which is why we must keep our cat Lilly far away from catnip.