Today's guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats was Susan Chamberlain, an Executive Board member with the Long Island Parrot Society. The Long Island Parrot Society was founded in 1985 as a bird club. They hold monthly meetings, provide outreach, networking and a lost and found service for parrots.
There's lots to think about before getting a bird:
1. Birds live a really long time. As a result, be prepared for a lifetime commitment - yours and the bird. Be sure to include your bird in your estate planning by creating a pet trust with sufficient money to provide for lifetime care. Be sure and identify a pet caregiver willing to take on the responsibilities of your bird.
2. Birds can bite. Be prepared to learn about their behaviors and their body language. You will want to become educated about the unique needs of birds.
3. Patience. Birds require lots of patience and care.
4. Mess. Birds can create a mess with their feathers and dander. Susan tells us your vacumn clearner will be your new best friend.
5. Noise. Birds are not silent. They like to make noise including squawks, chirps, songs, talking, etc. Some can be as loud as 135 decibels (a jet liner is 140).
6. Socia Environmentl. Birds are social. They want and require your attention, especially cockatuoos.
7. Expense. Birds can be expensive. There is the cost to acquire, the cost of their cage, their toys, their food, their veternary care. Anytime you acquire a new pet, it's smart to be aware of all of the costs associated with that pet. A three (3) day stay in a bird hospital could cost as much as $1,000.00!
8. Family. It is important to think about your bird in the context of your family. Who will provide care? Whose bird will it be? Birds can be particular about who they love (like)..
9. Bird Illnes.. Birds can get sick and need to have regular veterinary care. It's important to locate an avian veterinarian prior to getting your first bird.
Before bringing a new bird into your home, there are some other important considerations. There are some every day items that can be hazardous to birds; non-stick cookware and appliances; scented candles, aerosol sprays, new carpet, spray paints and other household pets. Introduce birds into a multi-pet family slowly. Keep fish tanks covered. Don't allow cats to get their paws or dogs to get their noses into cages.
Get the biggest cage you can afford, along with toys and perches of different media. Make sure bar spacing will keep your bird safe, as well as provide opportunities for climbing. Avoid bars that could cause a foot to get trapped.
Thanks again to Susan Chamberlain and the Long Island Parrot Society.
Today's guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats on Mixlr.com was Joyce Belcher, the Formulator and President of Herbs for Life, Inc., also known as Sustenance Herbs. She became passionate about organic pet supplements after she lost five (5) of her Loved Pets in less than 14 months. She trusted conventional medicine and still had her heart broken.
This led Joyce on a path of discovery to create Sustenance Herbs and create a line of products designed to address common pet concerns with organic supplements. She makes supplements for horses, dogs, cats and sheep. There is a product for just about every ailment or concern a Pet Parent might have.
Sustenance Herbs can address concerns from parasites to heart worms to ticks and Lyme disease. She recommends an annual detox, starting two (2) weeks before and ending thirty (30) days after annual rabies vaccines. For itchiness you might consider her Omega 3 Gold with anchovy oil.
Joyce had lots of good suggestions and invited listeners to contact her at email@example.com to request a copy of the ebook, The Vital Pet by Dr. William Falconer. She also recommended seeking out holistic veterinarians at ahvma.org - The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
A big thanks to Joyce for creating organic products for our Loved Pets.
Doc's pet parent died without a plan. As a result, Doc and his sister, Rasha went to live at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims, Florida. With the help of Diane Delano and Animal Care Trust USA, Doc met his new family! Look how happy they all are! We are so happy for Doc and for the Zancas!
Make sure your loved pet has a plan if something happens to you. Animal Care Trust USA is here to help.
Today's show on All My Children Wear Fur Coats featured Jen Leary, a 12 year veteran firefighter and founder of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. Her organization serves the pets and families in the Philadelphia, PA area when they are affected by a fire or natural disaster. She had some excellent fire safety tips for pet owners and lovers.
Winter is fire season - especially in northern climates where people are using space heaters and kerosene heaters to help ward off the winter cold. These can be a source of potential home fires. Since 63% of American families have pets, our pets can be vulnerable, especially if home alone. Disaster preparedness is going to be your best defense to insure your pets and your family have the best chance of survival. Here are a couple of good tips:
1. Working smoke alarms in all rooms - especially those where pets might be housed. Alarms should be tested regularly (monthly is best) and batteries should be replaced when daylight savings begins. If your smoke alarms are monitored, even better.
2. Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. This can mean up to an additional 30 minutes, precious time when survival is at stake. If you are concerned about being able to hear other family members, use a baby monitor type system. She recommended Close Your Door for more information.
3. Have a family fire escape plan and practice it. Even pets can be taught what to do when they hear the fire alarm. Use treats and positive reinforcement to encourage them to go to an escape route. Consider that a scared pet is more likely to hide than to run toward fire trucks with sirens and firefighters crashing through doors and breaking windows. Most pets that don't survive were hiding because they were frightened and went to a place they felt safe. This is especially true for house cats and dogs that rarely go outside. Part of your plan should include a family meeting place so all members go to the same place. More fatalities occur because family members return to the burning home in search of family members or pets.
4. Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen. Both can get burned or injured if hot food stuffs are pulled off of stoves/counters.
5. Have emergency carriers for pets within easy reach and stocked with staples you might need. Practice putting cats in and out of the carriers.
6. Always have two ways out. This should be part of your family emergency plan.
7. Create a buddy system with neighbors so they can be on alert in the event of a disaster. Make sure they know where they can reach you in an emergency.
Jen also shared some stories of hero pets that warned owners of a fire so that family members could get to safety. She said it is not only dogs, but also cats, birds and even rabbits that have been credited with sounding the alarm.
Being prepared is the ultimate name of the game. Whether it is planning for a fire or other disaster, planning ahead is key. Estate planning that includes your pets in the event of a disability or death is also an important part of making sure all family members are protected in the event of an unexpected event. Animal Care Trust USA and our team of legal professionals can help you protect your pets today!
Peggy R. Hoyt, Founder/CEO