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I Found My Apartment Easily

I know a lot of people care about the outdoor amenities for the apartment that they want to live in. It really did not matter to me though. I just cared about what the inside of the apartment looked like, because I knew I would never use the swimming pool or fitness center at a complex. That is why when I started looking at one bedroom apartments for rent in North Las Vegas, I was only focused on the floor plans and features that the different apartments offer for the tenants who live there.

I looked at quite a few apartments before I found the one that I really liked a lot. Continue reading

Finding My Home with Some Help

I did a search for realtor.com Denver because I wanted to find a professional realtor to help me find a home. I had been looking myself, but I was just not able to find what I wanted. It seemed that if I did find a house that I liked, then a dozen other people had already beat me to them. I needed to find out about houses before the general public did, and the only way to do that was by having a realtor on my side. It did not take me long to find the one that I wanted to use either.

When I explained my issues with him, he told me that he does get a lot of homeowners who don’t want to advertise their homes to the public. Continue reading

The Risk Of Neglecting Your Pets Oral Care!

Whilst most pet owners are concerned about the oral hygiene of their pet, many others should understand that this is a matter that could possibly carry severe repercussions if left unattended. The problem does not end with just the mouth. It goes on to unleash various other medical complications that may in some cases, prove to be fatal.

Pet owners at times may notice their cat has a bad smell. They may ignore it. However, the bad smell coming from the pet’s mouth may be a sign of oral disease. The fact is that a cat’s oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the overall health of the pet.

Poor oral hygiene does not only cause tooth decay or gum disease. Apart from aggravating these conditions, poor oral hygiene goes on to cause serious health issues such as heart, kidney and lung diseases. A cat’s teeth are most vulnerable to plaque build-up. The plaque could go on to cause separation of the gums from the teeth. This would in return cause the formation of packets of bacteria which result in infections. The problem does not end here as it goes on to afflict the internal organs of the body. Failure of internal organs such heart and kidneys could possibly result in death.

These are the reasons why any pet dental problem needs to be avoided. The best way to do so is by introducing hygiene practices early. Though it is difficult to train a cat to accept routine brushing, it becomes easier once you start doing it regularly. There are some brushing techniques that need to be learnt.

Another important aspect of preventing a pet dental problem is inspecting the cat teeth for any signs of oral diseases. In particular, the presence of inflamed gums or cysts under the tongue needs to be checked. Regular checkups and follow-up appointments are a good way to prevent the pet dental problem. Cat teeth unlike humans do not suffer from tooth enamel decay. Generally it is an infection or inflammation or receding of gums that afflicts them. This is exactly what causes discomfort and drooling in the pets. Dental disease as pointed out earlier, can cause heart and kidney diseases in older cats. This is because of the bacteria that live in the infected tissue that could go on to enter the blood stream and hence affect the internal organs.

Hence, as it can be seen, cat teeth are vulnerable to tartar and plaque. These can give rise to a host of other medical problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and infections. The next possible cause is the failure of internal organs such as the heart and kidneys because the bacterium that has accumulated in the gums finds a way to enter the blood stream and lodge itself in the internal organs. This calls for the need to attend to the cat teeth to avoid any oral health problems. This needs to be addressed occasionally so that an overall good oral hygiene can be maintained. This is because cat teeth require special care.

The Truth About UV Animal Urine Detector Flashlights

When trying to find a solution to find pet urine spots in your home, it can be overwhelming. There are A LOT of products and brands to select from. However, sadly not all are made equal.

First of all there are the fluorescent tube lamps, which can provide results, however they usually require you to be so close to the stain in order to see it fluoresce that finding the stain is hard to begin with.

Luckily the new breed of LED UV flashlights makes finding urine stains much easier with a more powerful and more concentrated beam of UV light. However, good LEDs are not cheap to produce especially at the lower wavelengths which are required to make the proteins in urine spots fluoresce efficiently.

You will see that a lot of UV LED Flashlights being offered under the $20 price tag which are marketed as urine detectors, however on closer inspection you’ll often discover that they do not discuss the UV wavelength (a value in nanometers or “nm”) since it’s at the wrong end of the spectrum closer to actual visible light (about 390-400nm). This wavelength range can make some spots fluoresce, however it’s not proficient at it and often overwhelms the already limited stain fluorescence with bright purple visible light. Not useful at all when searching for urine spots around your house – so be sure to watch out for the true wavelength output.

The manufacturers of these UV Flashlights sometimes make use of gimmicks such as a large amount of LEDS (in some cases as much as 51 LEDs!) as marketing techniques to make the flashlight sound powerful and as though it will output a really strong UV beam. Well, with that many LEDs shining away it will definitely be bright, however unfortunately this is not going to help if it is with the cheaper 390-400nm LEDs; the larger quantity simply compounds the difficulty these wavelength LEDs have in the first place because a larger quantity of visible light is output if more LEDs are added.

So exactly what’s the solution?

Utilizing LEDs that output a lower UV wavelength of 365-370nm is the trick. The drawback here is they are FAR more costly to manufacturer and so you will be hard pushed to discover a good UV Flashlight containing these lower wavelength LEDs under $30 not to mention $20!

There are professional level UV flashlights used in forensic science and various other professional areas, however these range in the $200+ price bracket – well above the budget plan for the average animal owner who just wants to find some animal spots in their house.

The best way is to look for a solid UV flashlight with 365-370nm which contains the right amount of LEDs – just enough to do the job well yet not too many that the cost ends up being to expensive. UV flashlights such as this are bizarrely hard to find, and is why the “PeeDar” was made; to fill this gap with a trustworthy well considered solution which doesn’t break the bank.

A flashlight like this will have to be used in the dark – no lights on and after sundown, however it will work really effectively and will rescue you from wasting an awful lot of money and stress from either purchasing a super costly professional UV flashlight or from trying one cheap UV flashlight after another hoping to obtain decent results each time.

We hope this post assists you on your journey to successfully finding and eliminating those pet urine spots in your home!

Pet Shedding/Grooming & DeShedder Tool Tips

Regardless of our Pets breed there is no way for us to completely stop shedding. Our Pets need to shed and get rid of old, unneeded or damaged hair. Certain breeds will grow longer hair in the winter to keep them warm and then shed in the summer to keep them cool. Shedding can also result from skin disorders or even a poor diet. By practicing proper grooming techniques and the use of a DeShedding Tool we can help reduce and keep the shedding under control.

Regular brushing is essential especially around seasonal changes. Most breeds will benefit from daily brushing using a bristle brush. Regular brushing will make their coat softer, cleaner and less prone to shedding. It will also help root out parasites which can lead to skin irritation and even more shedding. For cats this will also help prevent more hair from being ingested during self grooming, resulting in hair balls, which can cause serious problems.

Regular brushing is a good time to observe your Pet’s skin and coat to watch for any changes. If you notice anything unusual talk to your professional groomer or veterinarian. Routine bathing is important and will help control shedding. Never use human shampoo which can dry out their skin and lead to infections, irritation and dandruff. Purchase a shampoo formulated for your Pet. Cats need less bathing but if their coat is smelly, oily or discolored its a good time for a bath. Brushing our Pet before a bath will help the process and its also a good idea to trim their nails before the bath to prevent more scratching.

For drying your pet after a bath, towel dry first. If using a blow dryer after a towel dry, make sure to only use the cool setting and not high heat.

Nutrition and diet are extremely important for a healthier skin and coat. Feeding your Pet with advanced nutritional food or vitamins will help keep their coats shiny and skin healthy.

While shaving your Pets hair off may seem like a quick fix for shedding, it is not recommended. Shaving will interrupt the natural shedding cycle and affect their ability to regulate body temperature.

DeShedding Tool Tips:

•Weekly DeShedding might be OK for short hair pets but for longer haired pets, a few times a week will be better. This will help prevent mats, tangles and dirt.

•Its best to brush your Pet with a regular brush before using the DeShedding tool to remove any mats or tangles.

•Make sure your pet is completely dry prior to using the DeShedding tool.

•If it is becoming too difficult for your pet, take a break and come back to it later.

•Using the right size DeShedding tool will make the process easier and more effective.

•It is fine to use the DeShedding tool on the ears and tail. Just use extra care around these areas. The tool is non-abrasive to the skin. The tool will not cut or damage their coats.

•Try not to drop the tool which can break the teeth. Wash the tool with warm water and a mild soap. Make sure the tool is dry before storing.

Animals Turn to Nature for Self-Medication

Scientists still aren’t sure if this theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, is correct, but believers in the practice are convinced that humans can learn a thing or two from these animals – specifically, in terms of finding new medications.

“Much of folk medicine, particularly in the undeveloped world, likely came from medicine men watching animals self-medicate,” lead author Joel Shurkin wrote in the journal PNAS.

Mother Nature’s Pharmacy

Many animal species, from birds, bees and lizards to elephants and chimpanzees, have turned to nature as their own personal kind of pharmacy. They self-medicate using the environment’s own ingredients to prevent disease, kill parasites, bacteria and viruses, or to simply aid in digestion.

For instance, seeing a dog munch on grass is nothing you haven’t seen before, and an owner’s first instinct may be to snatch away these greens to prevent their dog from getting sick. But according to Shurkin, that’s exactly the point. Supposedly domestic dogs, and even cats, seek out the plant in order to relieve a stomach ache and expel whatever it is that’s bothering them.

“Dogs do not have the means to digest grass, as they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibers,” Vancouver-based vet Dr. Michael Goldberg explained in the magazine Modern Dog. “Thus, there is little nutritional value in it for them. One reason for eating grass may be due to a feeling of nausea.”

Elsewhere, chimpanzees have been observed swallowing leaves whole, using their rough sandpaper-like texture to remove parasites. More than 200 species of birds have also been seen rubbing themselves with ants to kill feather lice, a behavior known as anting. Ants that spray formic acid can kill off feather lice and protect the birds from infection.

Animals Turn to Nature for Self-Medication

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By Jenna Iacurci Dec 11, 2014 02:48 PM EST dog It seems that animals, such as dogs, elephants and chimps, are turning to Mother Nature for means of self-medication by seeking out drugs to treat their own ailments, new research suggests. (Photo : Flickr: smerikal)

It’s not uncommon for humans who just visited the doctor to want to seek out a second opinion, some of them turning to self-medication for the answer. But now new research shows that this may apply to animals like dogs, elephants and chimps as well, who seek out drugs on their own to relieve certain ailments.

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Scientists still aren’t sure if this theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, is correct, but believers in the practice are convinced that humans can learn a thing or two from these animals – specifically, in terms of finding new medications.

“Much of folk medicine, particularly in the undeveloped world, likely came from medicine men watching animals self-medicate,” lead author Joel Shurkin wrote in the journal PNAS.

Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Summary: I read an article on the Trap-Neuter-Return program possibly coming to our county. I vaguely know about this program though. It will be interesting to see what the final vote will be.
I have heard about this program. I have seen some YouTube videos on this program. This program is now being closely considered by our county in Florida. I saw an article in the Commercial Press (Wed, May 13,2015), stating that the Sheriff is “exploring whether it is feasible to implement”. I have not done any research of my own about this program.
What little I do know, Trap-Neuter-Return involves the humane capture of feral cats, having them neuter/spayed, then returned to their colonies location.
This article states that the University of Florida has been doing an 11-year study, finding the felines on the campus has declined by 66%. This program is being implemented in Jacksonville, Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles. If this program becomes implemented, it could be run by volunteers.
The article goes on to state the groups that are against this program including the Wildlife Conservation group and other organizations. Reasons for their opposition include danger of cats transmitting Feline Leukemia to the Florida panthers, toxoplasmosis to other animals and humans and the killing of birds by outdoor cats.
It will be interesting to see what the final vote by the commission board says.

    The following are my own comments:

Beyond stating the cities in which this program is implemented, the article doesn’t dwell much into the success or lack of in these locations. Furthermore, this article doesn’t state how much the projected program would cost to run. As I have stated in the first paragraph, I have not done my own research so I cannot vouch for the percentage of numbers that are being reported. For example, this article writes, The American Bird Conservancy reports every year “approximately 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals are killed by outdoor cats in the U.S. alone “. Although these numbers are great, I would question what are the percentages or numbers in the local area? An example would be, the University of Florida states a 66% decline in feral cats around the campus, has any research been done to the see if there is any change in the number of birds and other mammals in the area? I would not have a clue on how to begin such a project, however, if numbers are going to be given, lets compare apples to apples. Don’t give an approximate number of birds killed by outdoor cats throughout the U.S. and not have any numbers or research for the local area in which the TNR programs are being implemented. This should be possible since the TNR program has been in effect in some areas for over 20 years. These would be some of the questions that I would like to investigate. Have any of you experienced the TNR program in your area? If so, what are your thoughts about how effective or ineffective the program is in your area.

Cat Courageous – Adopting A Cat

Summary: Being cat courageous is recognizing the beauty of a cat and then courageously giving them a second chance by adoption. There are many pros and cons to owning a cat. These responsibilities, as with any animal, requires realistic decision-making, then choosing a kitten or an adult feline. No matter which one is chosen, there isn’t a high enough praise for being cat courageous.

Cats have a beauty that defines sleekness, stealth and grace. Cats have the ability of a ninja, playfulness of a baby and an independence only they can show. Accepting these qualities which makes up the feline is a joy all cat owners can attest to. Having multiple felines in the house only adds to the joy and fascination of these qualities and personalities. There is an added satisfaction when the owner has the courage to adopt an older cat.

Cats, with all their attitude and personalities, have basic needs that need to be met. Examples of these needs include brushing, claw trimming, feeding and litter box changing. When giving a feline a second chance from an adoption agency, bring a feline brush with you. Brushing a cat can be relaxing for them. You will be able to spend one on one time with your choice of cat and relax them as well. By brushing a cat daily you will help maintain a healthy coat of fur and cut down on hairballs. The second thing to evaluate is whether or not they like their paws being touched. Although this not the act of claw trimming, the touching of paws is half the battle. Another item to evaluate in the basic needs category is whether or not the cat uses a litter box. This can be evaluated by either direct observation or asking the caretakers. The last item in basic needs being met is the diet. This must be asked, as older cats may or may not have special dietary needs because of allergies, or other medical conditions. Of course all these basic needs leads to monetary responsibility.

Even though cats are independent creatures they are by no means a cheap animal to care for. The phrase “cheaper by the dozen” does not apply to cats. Is a kitten or an older cat less expensive? My answer, they are about the same. Either, the kitten or the older cat, have the same basic needs that need to be met. Along with these needs comes the vet bills for the shots that are needed. Should you adopt a cat, not from an agency, the feline will need to be neutered or spayed, ask your vet on how to get a voucher to help off set this cost. Many years of great health can be enjoyed when preventative checkups are given.

Cats can give many years of love, laughter and heartaches. Cats are also a popular animal in people’s households. This means there are a lot of articles out there about cats. Think about a question you may have, an there is bound to be an article out in the Internet world or book displays that can give you an answer.

Be cat courageous and look at adopting an older cat as you will be rewarded with personality that only a cat can bring into any household.

Our senior cat, Biskers was adopted when she was 3 years old. Being once an outside cat, she now lives a spoiled lifestyle of being “master” of the house. She doesn’t show the slightest hint of wanting to go outside. She owns the couch and demands her brushing daily. She has her “spot” when its dinner time and her after dinner lounging tunnel. Biskers adds royalty to the household by her mannerism and demands.

Are dogs motivated by treats?

Many dog owners believe the only way to reward dogs is by using treats or assume that dogs only respond to treats.

The reality is that we don’t give dogs enough credit. Dogs don’t need to be rewarded by food or treats only to learn something. They are smarter than you think and obviously you are a smart individual as well.

The problem with treat training is that dog owners assume that dogs are motivated by treats only. That is not true. There are two types of dogs; one who love treats and those who don’t care about treats. If a piece of treat is in front of a dog, he may end up doing anything depending how hungry he is which is a normal and natural response from a dog.

If we assume that a dog is motivated by treat, that is because he loves treats. That‘s all. That does not mean that he is responding to treats or understands the exercise. He is responding to the temptation. If a dog is treat lover and you tease him with treats constantly, you are actually stressing and agitating him. Plus he is not focused on the task but the food. That is cruel to the dog.

Treats can be used for rewarding the dog for being a balanced, well behaved individual but I do not recommend using treats for training dogs. When treats are used to implement a behaviour to a dog, the dog tends to connect it with survival and hunger related situation which has nothing to do with teaching a behaviour.

A behaviour needs to be taught to a dog when the dog has developed a deep connection with the human using other systems than food or treats. When treats are used with a dog that is not balanced and well behaved, the dog misreads the idea and the techniques as being rewarded for being unbalanced.

There are also dogs that are not interested in treats. Yes, I have come across so many dogs that are not interested in treats at all and dog owners are forcing the dogs to love the treats, eat it and respond to the command.

These kinds of dogs are obviously not responding to the treats but are looking for some other form of motivation that could be found and build by connection between the dog and the owners.

Dog owners need to work on building relationship with their dog rather than spending money on the treats and tools. You can use your praise just for the sake of praise for your dog. That is hundred times more effective and rewarding to a dog than the most expensive treat in the world.

Many dog trainers use treat training system because most dog trainers have been taught the same system. But the reality is that there are other systems of dog training in these day and age.

Anybody can put a treat in front of a dog and ask it to sit and of course the dog will sit. You don’t need to be a dog trainer to train dog owners that.

I use play, praise reward system to train dogs. Not many dog trainers use this system because either they are not aware of it or it is hard for them to learn it. It is easy to use the system to teach the public and dog owners. Dogs respond to play and praise more than treats and it is more reliable.

I have been training my own dogs and hundreds of dogs without treats for years and I can assure you, it is more effective and reliable than anything else.

In a nutshell, if you are depending on treats to get results from your dog, it means you don’t have a solid, healthy relationship with your dog.

Work on building a better communication and relationship with your dog, which takes a long time and don’t use temptations to lure in your dog to you.

Things You Should Keep In Mind While Choosing A Professional Dog Trainer

For dog owners, one of the most important decisions to make is choosing the right dog trainer, regarding the nature and behavior of pet, which makes it one of the most difficult decisions to get right as well.
We assume that you are already determined to get the help of a professional dog trainer, so you are very likely to deal with a virtual armada of people, who would claim that they are the only ones to hold the keys of dog obedience and happiness. They offer guarantees and charge more per hour than the professional human psychologists.
So how can you emerge with an actually qualified dog trainer among this minefield of options as that trainer is required to use force free and science based techniques and modern tools?
Although there are many dog training organizations, this profession still seems unregulated as any person can claim to be a trainer, not matter what kind or level of education and experience he/she has in the field. That’s why, if you don’t want to face a glut of under qualified self proclaimed “professionals”, then you should back up to the first step of decision making, which is what do you want your dog to learn?

1. Decide what you want your dog to learn:
If you want your pet to go for “sit, “stay”, “come” or “heel” at beginning lessons and the dog doesn’t do the obedience work, then you should take professional help for the dog obedience. Similarly, you can hire the services for the dog agility training, which is a tough task to do for a normal dog owner. Just decide if you want the trainer or not, you have to choose the right tool for the job you require done.

2. Check out a trainer’s certification:
Certainly there are plenty of good dog trainers who are professionally gifted without any kind of formal certification; still you should ask them if they have been certified. This is because a person having the certifications has passed the minimum requirements and has already put in his hands with dogs.

3. Get Referrals:
Before hiring any dog trainer, you should ask to talk to a couple of his/her previous clients. In this way, you’ll get the proper idea of the trainer’s mode of training, reliability and most importantly, willingness to follow through.

4. Make sure the trainer includes you in the process:
A professional dog trainer may have a great expertise and a successful track record, but if you are not comfortable working with them, then you should drop them for sure. A good trainer has to be able to treat you respectfully and discuss things in an easy way for you to understand. Along with that, a good dog trainer keeps up with the modern training methods and adapts them to an individual dog’s needs.
One more thing, if you’ve already chosen someone, but then later you feel like the hired trainer isn’t the right decision for your dog, do not hesitate to seek dog training elsewhere. Drop the person right there and move on with the correct one.