Haku Update

hakuIt’s been almost a month now since I posted about my Leopard Gecko Haku’s broken leg (arm?).  I don’t know if we have any Haku fans checking in but I figured I’d post an update on how he’s been doing.

Unfortunately it’s not very good news.  Haku is still with us but we’re not sure for how much longer.  About a week ago he started getting more lethargic.  At first we thought he may just have been less active due to his leg injury, but it soon became apparent that something else was going on.  To make a long story short, Haku has renal (kidney) disease which we are currently treating, but his prognosis is extremely guarded.

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Summertime Dangers: Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria)

Photo via NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Photo via NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.

No matter how hot it gets, no one wants to swim in mucky green water!  Well, no human at least.  I’ll bet quite a few dogs would dive, much to their owner’s chagrin, right into a pond full of nasty green muck.  Why is it that so many dogs seem to enjoy playing in gross water outside, but yet despise baths?

Anyways, you might want to think twice before allowing your pet to play in water containing large amounts of algae.  Besides the after effect of having to wrestle your furry friend into the bath tub, some types of algae is actually toxic, and can be fatal for dogs (as well as humans). Continue reading

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Super Paws! What Is A Polydactyl Cat?

Polydactyl cat via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abby_Dabby_Doo.jpg

Polydactyl cat via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abby_Dabby_Doo.jpg

We love paws here at Paw Print Pet Blog!  When it comes to paws, some cats have more to love.  Have you ever seen a polydactyl cat?  The word ‘polydactyl’ is Greek in origin, and means “many digits”.  Basically, polydactyl cats have extra toes.  According to the Guinness Records, a tabby cat named Jake holds the world record for being the cat with the most toes.  Jake has a grand total of 28 toes – 7 on each paw.

Polydactyl is more common in some cat breeds, Maine Coons being one of them.  The trait seems to be prevent in cats from the eastern US, SW England, and Wales.  However, having extra toes is a genetic abnormality that can be present in any breed.  Although it’s not as common, dogs and humans can also be polydactyl.  Continue reading

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Summer Fun Dog Toy Giveaway!

dogtoygiveawayIt’s been awhile since Paw Print has had a giveaway!

Enter below to win our Summer Fun dog toy giveaway!  Included are the following toys:

ThrowBowl:  It’s a bowl…no it’s a Frisbee….It’s both!  Awesome for camping or trips to the local park, this duel purpose toy can be used as a Frisbee, or the sides can be unfolded to create a bowl.  We reviewed a ThrowBowl here before (click the link to read what we thought) and actually still have (and use!) the blue one that we used in our review.  Kitsune doesn’t need two, so we’re giving one away.  New with tags. Continue reading

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Facts About Flea And Tick Life Cycles #Seresto

Seresto1With 90*F+ weather here on the east coast, it’s safe to say that summer is here!  My dog Kitsune loves the summer.  The nice weather means more trips to some of his favorite places, like the local park and the beach.  But summer isn’t all about BBQs and sunshine.  There are some things we, as pet owners, need to watch out for.  Last month I posted about why it’s important to watch out for fleas and ticks.  They not only make your pet itchy and uncomfortable, which is bad enough, but they also have the potential to make your pet sick.

Most people, pet owners especially, know what adult fleas and ticks look like.  But did you know that both fleas and ticks actually have a four stage life cycle? Continue reading

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Dog Bath Time: How Often Is Too Often?

DSCN0778I’ll just admit it, fully aware that I might catch flack for this, but I bathe Kitsune often.  Sometimes as often as once a week, depending on what misadventures we’ve gotten into.  I’ve always bathed him often, ever since he was a puppy – and he’s 5 years old now.

I know a lot of dog owners are opposed to bathing pets often.  I’ve had fellow dog owners lecture me about bathing Kitsune too often.  But I’ve talked to others who bathe their furry friends just as often as I do Kitsune.  The fact of the matter is that there are no set in stone guidelines for how often dogs should be bathed.  How often is too often for your dog can depend on a number of different factors – each dog is an individual! Continue reading

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Happy 4th Of July

10419941_10152325789568251_7566744545508361097_nWishing all of my readers, and of course their pets too, a happy a safe 4th of July!

I know I’ve written about this before, but make sure to keep your pets safe during Independence Day celebrations!  I know Kitsune, for one, does get nervous when he hears fireworks.  Fireworks are the main danger most pet owners think of when thinking about the 4th of July, but there are a few other dangers to be aware of as well.  Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Beach Dog!

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July Featured Rescue – The House Rabbit Society

BarnabyHappy July!

Last month I mentioned that I’m going to be donating a percentage of my book sales each month to different animal rescue organizations.  For the month of June we decided to donate 10% of sales to The House Rabbit Society.  At the risk of being redundant, I decided that 10% of July proceeds will go to the same place – The House Rabbit Society.

The House Rabbit Society is a great organization that not only helps to find homes for rabbits in need, but also does a lot of work towards promoting the proper care of pet rabbits.  Like I mentioned last month, it’s one of my main “go to” websites whenever I have new, or potential, rabbit owners ask me where to find accurate information. Continue reading

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What’s Up With The Paw Print Pack?

BarnabyHello!  I hope everyone is having an awesome start to their summer!  It’s not too often that I make more personal posts, but this is going to be one of them.  Just a general update on what’s going on with my pack – pets and humans!  Feel free to skip this post if it isn’t your thing.  I do have some more informative posts/pet product reviews planned for July, so keep a lookout for those.  Without further ado, here’s what we’ve been up to!

Barnaby

I guess I’ll start with Barnaby, since I posted his picture first.  Still hard to believe that my little guy is already 7 years old!  To me, he doesn’t look or act any older than he did when we got him, when he was only 8 months old. Continue reading

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