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Humane training techniques, tips, basic training for many breeds and species

Pet Nutrition

Alternative, natural, organic and raw pet diets and recipes. Focus on proper nutriton for specific animals.

Pet Home Remedies

Natural home remedies for ear infections, treating wounds, worms, cleaning and more.

Pet Chemotherapy 

Is it worth putting your pet and yourself through?

2 year old dog with tumors

Pet First aid basics

By Circkles Staff,  January-February 2017

Every time I turn around, someone, or some pet, is diagnosed with cancer. The more shocking side of this tragedy is how we humans just take the cancer statistics in stride like they are a normal part of living. Cancer is not normal. In fact, it is an indication of just how abnormal our living conditions are. If we and our pets are developing cancer at astonishing rates - and we are - that should tell each and every one of us that something is drastically wrong with our lifestyle; namely our food, water and air supply. However, that is a whole different article, for our Green Circkles section perhaps.

So, invariably, you will have a pet at least once in your lifetime, and probably more frequently than that which will end up with cancer. Every pet owner I have ever encountered has a very difficult time trying to decide if they should treat their pet for cancer or have them euthanized. Part of this is a personal decision and nobody can help you with that, but part of it can be approached from a logical and realistic point of view as well.

For instance, there are many factors to consider, pros and cons to weigh, that may help you make your decision whether to try chemo or end your pet’s suffering before spending thousands of dollars on treatments that only have a 40% chance of actually stopping the cancer and prolonging your pet’s life beyond just an additional couple of months.

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Types of pet cancer treatments

Survival rates

Pros and Cons to treatment

What is chemo really like for pets?

Alternative to chemotherapy

Antifreeze Poisoning

The first 12 hours are crucial!

Antifreeze poisoning in pets

By Circkles Staff,  January-February 2017

One would hope that all pet owners are aware of this household danger, but just in case there are a few people out there who aren’t, or if you suspect your pet has gotten into some antifreeze and want to know what the symptoms are, we are publishing them here.

First of all, if you even suspect your pet may have antifreeze poisoning, do not delay getting them to the vet. Time is of the essence if your pet is going to recover at all. It only takes 5 teaspoons to kill a 10 pound dog. And just because it is soaked up by the dirt on the ground does not mean your pet won’t lick it up or eat the dirt to get at it. Antifreeze has a sweet taste, and so it is very appealing to pets and even small children.

Initial symptoms of antifreeze poisoning

Why the first 12 hours are crucial

Preventing antifreeze poisoning

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Natural Remedies for Fur Balls.

Fur balls are more than a nuisance for cats. They can be dangerous if enough hair collects in the cat’s stomach to block the small intestine, colon or esophagus. Surgery is sometimes the only way to remove the accumulated hair. 

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PET CLUB: Pet Nutrition

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To Feed Grain or Not to Feed Grain.

Horse owners have been feeding their horses grain for years because they believed that they were doing their horses a big favor and improving their health. Well, this may be an eye-opener to some of those old-school individuals. Recent findings are starting to reveal several adverse, long-term health conditions associated with feeding grain to horses, specifically corn and oats...

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PET CLUB: Training

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Stop Chewing!

Always keep in mind that your dog can’t tell the difference between a$200 pair of shoe’s and a leather or cloth toy. And your dog is not chewing to be naughty, they chew because that’s what dogs need to do to keep their teeth in shape. It’s perfectly normal for them. 

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PET CLUB: Ferrets

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The Cause of Ferret Tumor Syndrome is Finally Solved.

Ferrets are highly intelligent (some say every bit as intelligent as dogs and I would agree), can be trained like a dog or cat and are just adorable to have around; so of course, people would want them as pets. However, the love affair of having ferrets as pets has been dropping off dramatically over the years as word got around about how sickly they are and the anguish suffered by their owners when these lovable little creatures would get sick and die at only half their life expectancy. 

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Dachshund: Characteristics, Health Concerns

Dachshunds are burrowers by nature and are likely to burrow in blankets and other items around the house  when bored or tired. 

Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak, and patience and consistency is often needed in this endeavor.

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PET CLUB: Health Warning

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Toxic Treats Still Coming from China 

Linked to Over 1000 Dog Deaths and Over 4800 Complaints. Circkles ran a story on this about 2 years ago reporting that hundreds of pet owners had come forward saying varioius brands of chicken jerky treats were responsible for their dogs developing chronic illnesses and dying shortly after eating the treats. The FDA had first released this warning in 2007, and then again a couple years ago, and keeps releasing the warnings but apparently doing nothing about the problem due to what they say is, "lack of clear evidence that the deaths are directly related to the treats." Really?

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Pet Alert Home Window Sign

9x12 static cling window sign to alert fire fighters and rescuers that there are pets in your home. Only $5.99 for one, $5 each for two signs, $4.50 each for 3 or more.

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