Pet Care Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday- 4th of July Safety for your Pet

I worked for an emergency vet clinic for about 15 months working two 4th of Julys in that time. The 4th seemed to be one of the busiest days of the years. This meant it wasn’t a good day for a lot of pets. With just a little planning many of these visits could have been prevented.

4th of July Pet Dangers

  • Fireworks are pretty. A freaked out dog is not. Sunday night I was at my sister’s watching a fireworks display put on by a local church. It was beautiful. It was loud. There was a lot of bright flashes. I could see how this could scare a dog, heck, it scared my 4 year old niece. Scared dogs are just thinking about getting away and may run away. At the E-vet clinic we would end up with a couple of dogs that had to sit and wait for their owners to show after they got spooked and took off. They were luckier than the 3 dogs that came in on my second 4th having gotten hit by cars during firework time.
  • Every holiday brings dogs into the vet hospital with GI problems because of eating people food. The 4th of July is no different. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis. Corn cobs and bones can cause blockages. Used fireworks contain agents that are toxic if ingested ( for more info read ) so check your yard for any fall out (while also cursing your neighbors for shooting off illegal fireworks like I do).
  • Fireworks can cause injury. My first 4th of July ended with a shepherd who thought someone was tossing a treat for her to catch. It was a fire cracker. She had some burns and a broken jaw. It could have been much worse. Even the little fireworks can cause a problem. Sparklers cause the most injuries to people of any fireworks so having a dog around while they’re being used is probably not the best idea.


4th of July Pet Safety Tips

  • Keep your pet at home. We all want our pets to join in the festivities, but there is too much that can happen. A lot of people, a lot of noise can equal a great deal of stress.  Plus it’s hard to pay 100% attention to what they are doing and what other people are doing. Instead enjoy with the knowledge that your pet is safe at home.
  • If you are having a cook-out at your home. Give everyone guidelines as to how you want them to act with your pet. Let them know if it okay or not okay to give food or not to let the dog out if he’s in the house.  Better yet, let your dog stay in their kennel or room where you don’t have to worry.
  • Keep ID on your dog, just in case.
  • Watch for signs of anxiety. Many animals have a noise phobia to fireworks. Watch for signs and try to keep them calm (play the TV or radio loud to drown out the sound; move them to a more interior room). Then be prepared for next year by talking to your vet about ways to reduce it.  Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue lists some different solutions for dogs. Remember what works for one dog, may not work for another.


We all want to have fun on the holidays, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your pet’s safety.


Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!!


Interviews Pet Care

Meet Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator

I’ve never used an animal communicator, but I’ve had friends who have and some of the stories they’ve told me have been pretty amazing. Joan Ranquet is animal communicator who offers readings and also teaches others how to develop their ability to communicate with animals. She has appeared on several TV shows and been featured in a number of publications. She recently authored a book on animal communication and was nice enough to answer some questions about animal communication and her book.

Where did your love of animals come from?

I think I was just born this way!! I love the family dog – who merely tolerated me at a young age and I won my first horse at 7.

What is animal communication?

Animal communication is done by telepathy, the transference of pictures, words and feelings.

Is it something you are born with or can you learn how to communicate?

I believe we are all animal communicators, just some people are more aware than others that the connection exists. It is something I learned and now I teach it. I liken it to a muscle. It is actually starting to use a muscle that we used when we were babies and didn’t have language yet. Like riding a bike, you never forget, you just need to reuse those muscles.

How did you get started in animal communication? What made you decide to devote your life to it?

It picked me. Once I could do it and world opened up for me, there was no looking back.

How do the animals communicate with you? Are there other ways they communicate?

Of course there is body language and the sounds they make. I can tell the difference between my dog’s barks, my cat’s meows and my horses’ neighs.

For what reasons do people use an animal communicator?

Some people just want to know what is going on with their animal in general. Some people want to know what they can do about a health issue or a behavioral challenge. Some people have to say goodbye to their beloved.

What does a session involve?

When the client calls, they have e-mailed me a picture of their animal. So I take a few minutes to ask things like: how old, how long have you had your animal and who else lives in the household. From there, I get quiet and connect with the energy of the animal. I find out what is going on with the animal in general and then I get to specific questions.

Is there a particular case where you have found you were able to make a big difference in an animal’s life?

There are lots of cases. I don’t make the big difference in the animals life though, it is that the person has reframed the picture of the situation for themselves or saw their animal in a more positive light. The animal can only change if the people change. I tell a lot of stories in my book “Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator”.

You’ve written a book, Communication With All Life: Revelations Of An Animal Communicator about animal communication, what made you decide to write a book?

I decided to write a book because I have so many great stories of people and animals making great changes through animal communication.

What will readers learn from your book?

Mostly people will see that they are already communicating to some degree. There are simple instructions in there to create a telepathic connection. The other thing is people may see their situation in the book and be able to make shifts around their household.

You have a second book coming out, Energy Healing for Animals, what will it be about?

Energy Healing for Animals explains what energy healing is, how it helps animals and what sorts of things you can do at home. It also gives some resources for things you would need a practitioner for, i.e. a holistic veterinarian, chiropractor, etc.

Where can readers get your book?

They can get the book online on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, through Hay House (publisher), in bookstores, or even from my site

Where can they get more information about your services and find you online?

You can learn more about Joan, her services and products and training that she offers at her website. Thank you Joan for taking the time to share with us.

Have you ever used an animal communicator? How did it help you with your pet?

Birds Pet Care

Polly Doesn’t Need a Cracker- Information on Parrot Diets

I finally got to those pomegranates that have been in my fridge since before Christmas.  It’s amazing how big a mess you can make taking the arils out and how many arils you can get from 6 pomegranates.  The parrots will enjoy them for the next several months added to their veggie mix.


Wait a minute…parrots and veggies?  Many people don’t realize that a seed only diet doesn’t provide the nutrition a parrot needs and can contribute to health problems.  So what makes the perfect parrot diet? Unfortunately, parrot nutrition is still being learned, so it’s not possible to say what each species needs in it’s diet. Experts recommend a variety of foods be offered. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and pellets can all be part of making sure your bird gets the nutrition they need.

My flock gets a veggie mix based on the Feeding Feathers Yahoo Group recommendation (see resources at the end of the post) in the morning with some nuts hidden to give them something to forage for.  Then when I come home from work, they get some seed with a few more nuts to forage for.

Making the veggie mix takes a little time and some messes to clean up, but the time is worth it to make sure the feathered crew stays healthy.  Plus there is just something about seeing those veggie covered beaks that makes me happy!


Looking for information on parrot diets? Visit-

What Is Good Bird Nutrition?

Holistic Birds

Phoenix Landing

Feeding Feathers Yahoo Group– this is an excellent group.  The moderators are very knowledgeable and seek input from those that study avian nutrition.  the files section contains a lot of information and sample diets.

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What’s the Story Behind Your Pet’s Name?

When I adopted my first dog, I wanted to name her Ham.  Not because I’m a big pork fan, but because I felt animals took after their names.  I thought a dog named Ham would end up being a big clown.  But my mother decided she was not going to yell “Ham come” out the back door, so I settled for Whitney, after Whitney Houston.  Fortunately, she didn’t take after her namesake and was the best first dog a person could have.


I love deciding what to name my pets.  Sometimes I come up with a name right away other times it takes a few days to decide just the right one.  I like names so much I even keep a list of potential ones to use.  You never know when one might fit or a friend is looking for suggestions.

Names can tell a lot about the pet and their people.  Often there’s a  story behind  why a name was chosen.  Here are some of the stories behind how some of my zoo crew got their names.



His original name was Toby, but a friend’s dog had that same name and it didn’t seem like a good fit. I like to rename my adopted pets giving them a new start with a new life and a name that has no negative connotations. I had chosen the name Chaos off my name list, but when I picked him up after he was neutered at the shelter, it didn’t seem right. There was a country music band named Ricochet and that seemed like a perfect name for an on-the-go Jack Russell.



I had no intention of adopting another cat when the head vet tech came back in the the treatment area with a 4 week old kitten someone had found and brought to the Emergency Vet Hospital I worked at. She held her out and showed us the cutest kitten.  I knew I was in trouble when the name Charm popped into my head, but I didn’t need another cat. I spent the rest of my shift hoping the other tech would take her home, but that didn’t happen.  She ended up coming home with me after all with her new name.



I found him on Petfinder.  His post was pretty much like all the other ferrets until I got to the end where they had added “he might have something wrong with his legs”.  That didn’t seem right so I went to the shelter the next day to check him out and ended up adopting him.  I’m not sure what they thought might be wrong with his legs, I couldn’t find anything wrong and he moved like a normal ferret walking around the getting acquainted room at the shelter. As I was watching him in the room, I decided to name him Amblin since he seemed to be having fun ambling around.

Eco, my Senegal Parrot



Eco’s name was easy. He joined my household on Earthday and he was green(part green anyway) so something to do with the environment seemed right.



Yes, I’m a kind of a Gleek.  In the pilot episode they show a sign that said “By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.”  I loved that quote and felt it was a perfect description of what it felt like when pets shared your life. When I adopted a bunny a few months after seeing the quote, it just seemed right to name her Glee, especially after watching her do bunny binkies.


What’s the story behind your pet’s name?

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