CAWI Special feature in conjunction with The Guardian newspaper
The Guardian – February 15, 2014
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Coping with separation from loved ones is rarely easy. This is true for
humans and our pets. In veterinary medicine, separation anxiety syndrome
is one of the most common behavioural problems diagnosed in dogs.
This condition can be very harmful to a dog’s mental health and very
taxing —financially and emotionally — on dog owners. However,
by creating a constructive routine for your dog and using helpful resources in
your community, canine separation anxiety can be successfully prevented and
Dog Park Etiquette
We love our dogs. We recognize that they are social creatures and it is important for their well-being that we provide them opportunities to socialize with others of their own kind.
One way is to take them to an off-leash dog park, where they can meet and play with
dogs of different character and size.
Inside The Box
Many Islanders surrender their cats to the P.E.I. Humane Society because of inappropriate
litter box habits. It is a common problem that can stump the savviest of feline owners. Fortunately, it takes just a few adjustments to improve your cat’s “washroom etiquette.”
The first thing to rule out is a medical problem. Take your cat to the vet to make sure it doesn’t have bladder crystals or a urinary tract infection, both of which can result in a cat peeing outside its litter box because of discomfort. Once your cat gets a clean bill of health, you can work to improve behavioural issues by changing its living space.
Barn Cat 101
Proper care makes for happy, hardworking felines.
Barn cats are hardy, hardworking members of the family farm. As such, they need and deserve proper care and attention to enable them to carry out their important role of minimizing the damage done by mice and rats.
As with any animal, barn cats require access to fresh water, adequate shelter from the elements and nutritional food. It is a
myth that a well fed cat will not hunt. In fact, a healthy cat is more inclined to hunt.
Animal Abandonment on PEI There are a number of humane alternatives to this ongoing problem.
Every week on P.E.I., cats, dogs and other small companion animals like rabbits and hamsters are abandoned by their owners.
Many of these animals come to the P.E.I. Humane Society (PEIHS), others are
taken in by friends, landlords or neighbours and some cats are saved and placed in
colonies by the Cat Action Team. Read More Here.
Pet Vaccinations make big difference: Along with regular exercise, a proper diet and yearly check-ups they are essential for health and well-being of dogs and cats
Keeping your pet’s vaccines up to date is important to help protect him or her against various serious, and potentially fatal, infectious diseases.
A vaccine is a preparation of modified, or killed, virus or bacteria that is used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against a disease. Read more here.
Preventing Animal Abuse: There are many ways to help put an end toward violence against pets
Today is the last day of Family Violence Prevention Week 2013.
Unfortunately, family violence is all too often directed towards the family pet as well.
Violence towards pets is one way that abusers exert power and control over their children or spouse or an elderly member of the family. Read more here.
Protecting Your Pets in Winter
Living in Prince Edward Island means living with winter, and that includes our pets.
As a responsible pet owners, we must ensure they are protected from the elements and from potential dangers associated with the cold weather. Common sense is generally the best guide but accidents happen, so it’s important to know the signs that could mean a pet is in serious trouble. Read more here.