“How IMPORTANT Is It For Your PET To Have A BESTIE?…”



Did you know that your PETS needs a BEST FRIEND? Well they do! Take a look at these 2 don’t they remind you of you and your best friend?… I know they do of mine in one of our goofy moments together :)

Just like us, dogs & cats are social animals, (some more than others) and many enjoy spending time with each other. If your dog or cat is a social butterfly who seems happy—rather than afraid or aggressive hanging around or playing with other animals, it’s a great idea to give them regular opportunities to romp with their animal buddies.

Playing with other pets helps keep your pets animal communication skills polished, wears them out mentally, tires them physically and it’s a lot of fun!

So how should you choose your pets playmates? Where can you find them? How do you know when your pet is having fun playing with another animal and how can you tell if she’s or he is not feeling it?

First things first… PLEASE make sure your pet really wants a buddy and it’s not just you wanting them to want one.

It’s wonderful to watch two pets running around together, wrestling and chasing each other, but not all pets enjoy playing with members of their own species. Some might fear or dislike other animals because they didn’t get enough opportunities to meet and play with them during puppyhood & kittyhood.

Some pets who enjoyed playing with other animal companions as puppies or kitties would rather relax by themselves as older adults. Some pets simply seem to prefer the company of humans and that’s TOTALLY GREAT! 

Before you try to find friends for your dog or cat, make sure he/she truly seems to want playmates. Take them on walks or introduce them to another animal and notice their body language when she/he sees or meets other animals. If they’d like to interact with another animal, she/he might whine, meow or bark with excitement, bounce around and play.

If it’s a dog they will bow (lower her front end while keeping her rear in the air), wag, paw at the other dog, lick the other dog’s muzzle, circle and sniff the other dog, or roll over on the ground. If it’s a cat they will rub up against one another or groom each other and talk in soft meows instead of hissing or growling.

If they’d rather not interact, they might try to avoid the other animal, become stiff and tense-looking, stare at the other animal, show Their teeth, growl, hiss, snap, cower, tremble or try to hide behind you, or run away. Don’t force them to interact if you see any of this, we don’t want to be a bully with our pets.

Sometimes this is an indication to start slowly socializing your pet… but if they really don’t want to that’s fine it may not be that necessary for them, you may be enough for their social interaction.

You can arrange “play dates” at your home( Remember providing this is one of my specialties :). You can also look for playmates while on walks in public places. If you and your dog frequent a local park, for example, you’ll likely see other dogs and their pet parents on a regular basis. If your dog repeatedly meets and likes another dog, consider arranging some off-leash play in a safe, enclosed area.

When possible always execute the foundational rules of pet match making. It’s a good idea to pair opposite-sexed dogs as playmates. Some female dogs don’t get along well with other adult females, especially if they’re close in age. Likewise, sometimes male dogs are more likely to clash with other males.

However, there are certainly exceptions to this rule. Same-sexed pets can often make wonderful friends. When you’re introducing your pet to potential playmates, just keep in mind that when two pets of the same sex interact, fighting can be more likely to occur than not.

Also many animals learn to play gently with smaller or more delicate friends. However, it’s best to seek similar-sized, similarly built playmates for your pet.

Although it’s rare, larger dogs—especially when in groups—can even treat much smaller dogs like prey. To ensure everyone’s safety, try to find dogs who seem physically compatible with yours.

Above all, pay attention to what your pet wants when you introduce them to potential buddies, they’re body language communicates volumes.

Choose a safe area for play time with a secure fence or barrier or peaceful open room. The pets should have enough room to run and wrestle, but you should be able to get to them quickly if a scuffle erupts. So avoid cramped spaces as well as gigantic, open areas.

Take frequent breaks. When play gets exciting, pets often take quick breaks to cool things down. But if your pet and their buddy don’t take breaks on their own, interrupt play every five minutes or so. Both you and the other pets pet parent should approach the playing pets at the same time.

Always make sure there is plenty of fresh water, treats and if outside a shady area, and always have FUN!

Until next time REMEMBER PETS RULE!

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“What’s Your PETS PERSONALITY Saying About Them?…”

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I truly believe our pets are unique individuals with personalities of their very own. Did you know that acknowledging & knowing what kind of personality your pets have will give you the inside scoop on understanding and training them easier and in less time?

Yep it’s true! This has given me GREAT success in training numerous pets and best of all bridging the gap between the pet world and human world Smoothly, Quickly & with Clarity.

My goal as a Pet Behaviorist/Whisperer is always to bring clarity to what your pets are communicating by their behavior. I know you love your pets and understanding them only makes you love them more.

This is why I created my Pet Personality Assessment Evaluation Quiz to give you a sampling of what I do when I have my in-home Client Pets Sessions. This will give you an inside glimpse into your furry family member so you can understand them on a deeper level.

It’s very accurate & FUN…. Check it out for yourself :)

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So Hmmmm What kid of personality do you think your pet has?

Let’s check out the 8 main Personality types. Keep in mind your pet may be a combo of 2.

1. Social Butterfly – These pets are very friendly and love to interact with people and other animals. They are usually very talkative and love to play.

2. Casanova/Delilah –  These pets are very affectionate and even though they are fixed will occasionally still try to mate with other animals. Believe it or not they can be quite shy until they feel comfortable with you.

3. Einstein – These pets are Really, Really, SMART & they know it. They can easily figure out anything. They usually are loners and can be a little anti-social with other animals.

4. Smarty Pants – These pets are the sassy pants of the pet world and EVERYTHING is a game to them. They usually have focusing challenges because they’re main objective is FUN, FUN, FUN.

5. Rocky/Rockette – These pets can be aggressive & ALPHA Dominant. They will have to be socialized quickly & you may have disciplinary issues with them.

6. Chicken/Scaredy Cat – These pets are very skittish, timid, fearful and easily frightened. They will be be tempted to run away and hide especially in loud environments. They usually have a sensitive nervous system and delicate digestive system.

7. Saran Wrap – These pets are Extremely clingy and they don’t want to be alone EVER. They usually have severe separation anxiety and need lots of positive reinforcement and confidence builder exercises.

8. FREE Spirit – These pets are very independent and love doing their own thing. They have their own mind, they are very smart and they don’t submit to authority easily.

Now as I mentioned earlier your pet may be a combo of 2. Knowing & understanding what personality your pet has shows you how to go about communicating successfully to them and training them.

As I always say… Once someone has confidence you get them they are more willing to listen and cooperate easily with you. The same is true of our pets.

Nobody likes a bully and it’s not necessary to be aggressive with your pets to convey to them that you are the ALPHA.

This is my specialty and I would love the honor of working with you and your pets and show you how to get through and communicate to them, and get them to listen to you… Smoothly, Quickly while having FUN.

Now it’s your turn… Take advantage of our (1 time) in-home Pet Personality Assessment HOLIDAY SPECIAL.

Call to book your today (310) 743-9643

Remember Pets Rule

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Now don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t DARE think of depriving any one of you from having FUN on this holiday, getting and eating lots of treats, or experiencing the immense JOY of dressing up your Furry Family Members in their best Halloween costumes.

Just PLEASE make sure your pets are enjoying dressing up as much as you do… we wouldn’t want to unnecessarily torture our pets by making them play dress up. Because after all this is supposed to be fun for everybody… Right? Just sayin :)

Not to be a downer here but I wouldn’t be honoring my position as a Pet Behaviorist / Whisperer if I did not take the responsibility to make sure you are aware of some very real realities & dangers to your pets on this  holiday.

Did you know that there are specific predators targeting you and your precious pets on Halloween? Well there are! This is ESPECIALLY TRUE IF YOU HAVE BLACK CATS OR DOGS for pets. Believe it or not even in 2015 these Disgusting, Evil, Cruel, Poor excuses for human beings exist.

Because of these individuals many pets are tortured & lose their lives and are preyed upon every Halloween. That’s why I feel it is my duty along with many other animal loving organizations to bring this to your attention so that you are aware and take precautions to keep you, your family and pets safe.

The more you know the more you can be prepared. So first things first if your pets are not going to be with you and in your sight PLEASE KEEP THEM INDOORS. Especially the week before and specifically on the exact day & night of this holiday.

Next make sure treats that are given to your pets come from someone or an organization that you trust. Yes unfortunately this precaution has to be taken because this avoids poisoned treats given to unsuspecting pets and owners.

Lastly, please watch strangers with your pets… not just because of possible danger. I don’t want to make you guys paranoid here, but because crowds can be overwhelming especially to pets. Think about it it’s a lot of extra noise and commotion that they’re not usually exposed too.

So if you see your pet start acting out or becoming withdrawn separate them into a quieter place or better yet maybe it’s time to go home. Remember sometime our brand of fun isn’t so much fun for our pets, please be sensitive to their needs.

also not to start a witch hunt here but be proactive in your neighborhoods. If you see someone out of place don’t ignore it, especially if they are lurking around and they are not usually a part of your neighborhood.

Did you know that this year in the Inland empire there was a woman acting alone stealing small dogs out of the front of people’s yards & going up to doggie doors? Well it’s true! And she actually was targeting one of my personal rescue organization’s dogs.

Fortunately this story has a positive ending because one of my rescuer’s neighbors took her picture and circulated it on Face Book and alerted everyone and the authorities and they caught her.

Just so you know there are laws in place for animal abusers and offenders and they can now be prosecuted just like other criminals if they are reported. Usually if they individuals know they are being watched they WILL NOT be able to hide and carry out their horrible plans for our pets and helpless animals.

Be wise but let them know you’re watching especially if it’s in your own neighborhood.

Let’s keep each other’s families and pets safe this Halloween :)


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“What To Do With PETS That Have FEAR & ANXIETY Challenges”

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Yes I know these pics are funny…. but Pet fear and anxiety is not. Did you know pet fear & anxiety challenges are the #1 concern among all pet parents?

Whew! Think about it that’s a lot of scared Kitties & Doggies out there. No worries though because this is my specialty :) and I’m finally being open and talking about it.

You know how it is… we get busy and consumed in our day to day busy lives and never think twice about things we do that just come natural to us and flow out of us. Well a very dear client of mine said to me Daniele you need to talk more about this because It’s part of your gifting’s and something that you solve on a daily basis…

So FIRST of all thank you for bringing this to my attention :)

Let me just say if this is something you’re dealing with your own pets you are not alone and there is HELP & SUPPORT available to you. I’d love to speak & work with you to show you how.

Pets are just like people. They have chemical imbalances, moods, trust issues and many more complicated emotional parts. Identifying what specifically is going on is a PRIORITY.

Yes in severe cases there is Kitty & Doggie Prozac equivalents to help you… but in most cases natural cures work beautifully and without side effects.

Most fear & anxiety challenges are emotional and require time and patience. If you’re willing to put in the work YOU WILL GET RESULTS! Most of my pet clients I’ve worked with have had such challenges and I’m happy to say ALL have been resolved… YAY!

Some Breeds naturally have more emotional triggers close to the surface than others do and a disposition to not trust. There is a specific way to go about reversing this, please give me a call and we can get started.

Most RESCUES have some level of fear & anxiety mainly because of the trauma they suffered in earlier area’s of their lives. You cannot believe some of the things I’ve come across… humans can be so cruel sometimes… But there is always HOPE by pets being given a second chance of life & LOVE.

Please understand because of these previous negative experiences pets have developed what I call P.O.W. (Prisoner’s Of War) TRIGGERS. And just like land mines you cannot predict what will trigger one to come out.

The great news is that the majority of these can be dealt with successfully and your pet can learn a new behavior of trust that begins with YOU, Consistent Training & your love.

Pets are Resilient & Forgiving they just need to be given a chance and shown how… I wish more people were this way.

If you know know your pet has fear & anxiety issues the WORST thing in the world you can do is force them into a social behavior or yell at them and become aggressive. This will only accelerate and deepen the problem.

You need to get help from a professional to heal your pet and bring clarity and understanding to the situation about what is going on and how to proceed resolving it.

Below are some clear signs your pet is suffering from Fear & Anxiety…

Fear & Anxiety Signs In CATS

  • Running away
  • Hiding
  • Aggression (which includes spitting, hissing, growling, swatting, biting, scratching, puffing fur and tail, arching back, swishing tail and flattening ears)
  • Freezing in place
  • Losing control of bladder/bowels
  • Releasing anal glands
  • Refusing to use the litter box

Fear & Anxiety Signs In DOGS

  • Non STOP Barking
  • Chewing up furniture, walls, shoes, garbage, and anything else in sight.
  • Pooping and peeing in the house, crate, or other confinement area.
  • Eating his own poop
  • Aggression toward people, dogs, or other animals.

There are ALWAYS reasons for these TYPES of behaviors and what you must understand is that your pet is communicating to you when they act out in these ways.

Most of the time the message just gets lost in translation between pets and humans. That’s where I come in to help you understand what is going on with CLARITY and then resolve it Completely and Efficiently in a Timely manner.

Bringing Balance to your family and your pets is my goal… Remember HELP is one phone call away to end the Overwhelm and get the support you NEED, WANT & DESERVE TODAY.

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“Is FIDO Or KITTY Ready For Back To School?…”

















Well it’s that time of year again. Summer’s over and kids are going back to school, whether they be in grade school or college & work schedules for everybody are changing too. The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder.

Do you ever wonder how this affects your pets?…

Well it does in a BIG way for both DOGS & CATS. Pets are very schedule oriented and this article will give you some handy tips you can apply to make this shift smoother and with a lot less anxiety for everyone involved.

Anytime you can take a moment and successfully communicate to your pets it helps them adjust in so many ways that in the end benefit everyone. Our pets are part of the family unit and when they don’t understand what is going on they become insecure and full of anxiety which can cause them to act out in many unpleasant ways behaviorally and in some extreme cases make them physically sick.

I can honestly tell you all pets are aware of when things are changing around them because they are so deeply connected to us… they can actually feel it even when you try to hide it. So the best approach is to include them in the changes from the beginning so that they understand and are prepared.

Your pets emotional state in most cases is on the average far more sensitive than we humans, for the mere fact that YOU are the center of their world and everything revolves & is focused around and with you.

So when they sense something is changing with us, they process the change very differently then we would and if left unaddressed  they become unstable in their minds & emotions.

So how does one avoid this? One of the main things you should do is always observe your pet. Know what is normal for them. Know when they are stressed & unhappy.

Have their eating habits changed? Do they not enjoy playing and being social like always? Are they losing weight? Are they withdrawing themselves and acting shy? These and many other key questions will be indicators of stress.

Apply These HANDY Useful Tips!

1. Prepare for the shift by purchasing an all natural CALMING FORMULA. I recommend Rescue Remedy by BACH. It can be used for both Cats & Dogs and it works like a charm. Apply the natural drops to Fido or Kitty’s favorite treat to help their nervous system balance out.

It’s similar to you having a cup of Chamomile tea in the evening to take the edge off from the stress of the day to help you relax. This remedy can be given more than once a day if needed. I would recommend doing it every night before bedtime a week before school begins and then administer it when you leave them alone at home after that. In most cases natural remedies work just fine but if you have a severe case of anxiety in a pet consult your vet for medication.

2. ACTIVITY & EXERCISE Listen endorphin’s work for everybody. Get your pets heart rate up by actively playing with them. For FIDO a vigorous walk involving play such as tug of war or a romping game of chase will help relax and work out all that stored up energy. For Kitty a new toy involving fetch and laser romping will get Kitty’s heart rate up.

3. Stimulate That Mind! For Fido a Food Puzzle with their favorite treats on the inside to occupy hours of fun engagement. For Kitty put a bird feeder outside by a window where their condo  si placed to watch all the action of nature (just make sure they can’t get in close proximity to it) or a battery operated toy of some critter inside the house that moves at will.

Give these toys when you start to pack and your pet is around and leave out for them when you leave home to keep their minds stimulated.

4. PET MASSAGE Yes your pets can benefit from getting a massage just like you. This will help keep those muscles loose and stress low. It works beautifully for them and make sure it is accompanied by Soft Smooth Jazz or Light Classical. These are guaranteed pet favorites and give true peace.

I could go on & on (for more specifics give me a call 310 743-9643) but whatever you choose IT WILL HELP, and lastly talk to your pets. Don’t avoid them by being so distracted by all the activity. Speak to them calmly and assure them that their place in their home is safe and they will never be abandoned…. WHAT! Didn’t you know pets can understand when you take time and Calmly, Lovingly speak with them looking in their eyes?

They may not understand the exact words coming out of your mouth but they will get the message PLEASE DO NOT EVER UNDERESTIMATE THEIR INTELLIGENCE. Our pets are far more Brilliant than we give them credit.

Until next time REMEMBER PETS RULE!

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Yes I know we’ve all probably been there at one time or another…. It’s time for you to leave and Your fur baby starts in with the long face & big sad eyes, then the whining, barking and meowing starts. It’s enough to break any pet parents heart, not to mention the guilt and frustration that comes along with it. Well first of all let me say you’re not alone.

Did you know that some ways your pet may be acting out is directly connected to their separation anxiety? Well it’s true! Ever come home to find the trash strewn all over the kitchen? Or something of valued chewed to pieces? Or worse a potty accident somewhere other than than the litter box or outside? Yep.. all these and many more are connected to this issue.

Many pet parents deal with this issue of separation anxiety on a daily basis…. Especially if you are a parent of a rescue. So what’s a concerned pet parent to do?…

Well the #1 thing is to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and for God’s sake have a plan in place. Knowledge is key and clarity is better to understand what is going on in your pets mind.

To your pet YOU ARE THE CENTER OF THEIR UNIVERSE and for the most part they just want to be with you (and yes this includes the kitties). Even if you do not have a velcro pet they still want you in the vicinity of them for emotional security.

When you get ready to leave and they see they’re not coming with you and alarm goes off inside them and they start to panic. Are you coming back? Don’t you want me? Did I do something bad and that’s why I can’t go with you? Etc….

This is especially true for rescue pets. If you are the parent of a rescue know that in most cases you and everything you represent is the first security they’ve had and it’s a delicate balance to begin with. So when you leave it triggers old abandonment issues and memories and they go into a tail spin.

Now having said that I will tell you the worst thing you can do is baby your pet when you see them acting this way. By doing that you will reinforce this behavior in their minds that if they act out they will be rewarded with attention…. and we don’t want that.

Of course you can reassure your pet, by all means PLEASE do it but it has to be done the correct way. So let’s begin….

Anyone that knows me knows whether the being is human or animal. I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN COMMUNICATION. Once someone truly understands the message you’re communicating to them most of the time they are willing to cooperate with you… this goes for pets too.

1. Never interact with your pet if you are distracted, GET FOCUSED first. Please get off the phone and stop talking with other people. Then you can get better results from your pet.

2. Make time practice this EVERYDAY. Pets LOVE and NEED routine so they know what to expect. This alone will start to give your pet the foundation of confidence they need.

3. Exercise your pet. Either by a walk, or vigorous play if you have a cat for at least 10 to 15 minutes before you start. This will help your pet be more relaxed and therefore less apprehensive. Always remember how intelligent pets are… they can sense when somethings up. So this way it helps them build trust with you and deepen your bond with them.

4. Start by practicing Gradual Departures. Don’t wait until it’s time to go and expect your pet to fall in line with your program. Practice makes perfect with you so of course it will with them also. Start practicing everyday collecting your belongings in your pets sight then saying goodbye and leaving out the door. Do this first for about 5 minutes… then increase these trips by 5 minute increments over time. Do it everyday at least 3 to 5 times.

5. Sometimes if needed… get another pet. Sometimes this works but I prefer in any case  you do the first 4 steps above. Sometimes a second pet will help your pet because they have another fur buddy in the house… but not always.

6. Always prepare the environment. Play Smooth Jazz or Light Classical on a LOW VOLUME in your home. Did you know that this is scientific? Playing this kind of music relaxes your pets and soon they will lay down and sleep.

7. Don’t make a BIG DEAL about leaving. Remember we are showing them this is just a a part of our lives. Most of the time if you act nonchalantly about it they will soon do it also.

8. Calm yourself before RETURNING HOME. When you come in the door do other things first before greeting your pet. Ex. take your coat off, go into another room. Wait about 5 minutes or so for them to calm down. Then you sit down and greet them CALMLY with affection and attention.

Now know that there are WAY more SPECIFIC things to do here to make this a successful part of you and your pets lives… but if you practice these you’ll be off to a GREAT start!

Remember working with Rescues is my SPECIALTY and I would be honored to help you and your fur babies with any challenges you may be facing :) Get in touch and let’s talk so you can get the help you need and want!


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Anybody that knows me has heard me say this all the time… PETS are the best Therapists you’re ever going to get and it’s FREE! They give us so much and really require so very little in return. In my book they’re one of the best investments for your happiness in your life PERIOD!

They’ll accept you no matter what you look like, how much money you have, no matter where you live, no matter what opinions other people may have of you, if your sick or well, old or young and the list goes on and on… and all they want in return is your LOVE and your time.

As a pet lover I know you guys already know this to be true in your heart … but did you know it’s scientifically proven also?

Yep that’s right Dogs & Cats (YES even cats) want to give comfort to people when they are upset. It seems that it is a fact pet owners have known for a very long time, and now a new study backs them up.

Scientists at the University of London conducted a study that revealed dogs (Cats do also but usually only to their owners) truly do respond to human tears and will naturally try and reassure a distressed person. It also turns out dogs will try and comfort anyone who cries, not just their owners.

Researchers filmed 18 dogs of various breeds at the homes of their owners. One of the researchers ignored the dog and started to either talk, hum loudly or pretend to cry. Fifteen of the dogs stopped what they were doing and went over to the crying person and displayed submissive behavior when approaching.

The dogs approached whoever was crying regardless of their identity…they were responding to the person’s emotion, not their own needs, which is suggestive of empathic-like comfort-offering behavior. The youngest dog in the experiment was an 8-month old Labrador Retriever. As soon as the puppy heard someone pretent to cry, he rushed up and put his paws on their shoulder.

Crying carried greater emotional meaning for the dogs and provoked a stronger overall response than either humming or talking,. Regardless of whether it was their owner or the stranger, when an individual cried most of the dogs went up to them in a quiet, submissive way suggesting comfort-giving.

The dogs also went directly up to the stranger and did not seek to be comforted themselves.

Isn’t this cool? The bond between you and your pet is so AWESOME! They truly do care about us, not just for food and shelter as some people believe. Of course all of my Beijo peeps already know this… but for the slow, hard to convince people out there now you have science to back it up!

Also I’ve found PETS are the BEST listeners. If you’re not the best interacting with people a pet will suffice just fine to tell all your secrets to, or even if you’re so emotionally full and can’t talk they know just what to do.

Sometimes they are the only ones that can’t get us to smile or laugh after a rough day, or put us to sleep when our mind is overwhelming us and we can’t find peace. Those wet noses and wagging tails are just what the doctor ordered to calm even the most troubled heart.

I am a strong believer of PET Therapy! I’ve personally witnessed changed behavior in people over and over again after having pets. They have a way of bringing you out of your shell, protecting you,  healing your deepest heart wounds, making you laugh by bringing endless joy and basically getting you moving and enjoying your life. 

I wouldn’t trade the love of my BEIJO for anything in the world! If you are a PROUD PET PARENT kiss and hug your fur baby with gratitude today for all they’ve contributed to your life…. because sometimes blessings come into your life wearing fur :)


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“What Are The EARLY Signs Your PET May Have HEALTH PROBLEMS?…”

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So… Do you know what to look for to head off dreaded health issues? If not you’re in the right place at the right time to find out. Pets are a little different than us people… they don’t usually tell you they have discomfort until it’s painfully obvious and they can’t hide the pain or take it any more. Or maybe it’s because they don’t speak… Although they do communicate to us all the time, you just have to know what to look for.

The best action to take here is PREVENTION and of course to know your pet. That’s one of the reasons I’m such a strong advocate for pet massage because you are more familiar with the FEEL of your pet and GOD FORBID if something foreign shows up you’ll notice it right away, but even then some things can fall through the cracks. So what’s a concerned pet parent to do?

Well for starters pay more attention to your pet in the first place. I know this sounds obvious but really it isn’t. Hey, we’re all such busy people sometimes in the chaos of getting everything done on our schedules pets get neglected…. No guilty feelings here please no one is judging you :)

So let’s dive in, these are the top 3 Health Issues to look out for…..

1. Heart disease 

Cats – The biggest difference is that cats tend to mask their signs better than dogs, and therefore go longer without detection. Since early detection is key, be on the look-out for the following signs…

Vomiting – While our doggie friends will develop a cough cats will not they will vomit as a sign of heart disease. Also they will have difficulty breathing. If your cats breathing has become a bit labored, or if it experiences shortness of breath and begins to breath more rapidly than usual.

Thromboembolisms – Blood clots which are usually the result of heart disease in cats. Often the first sign is pain and inability to walk mainly on the hind legs. If you see this take kitty to the vet IMMEDIATELY!

Depressed/Withdrawn – If your kitty is acting blue, withdrawn, reluctant to accept affection, or isolating itself. The behavior may be caused by heart disease.

Poor appetite – If your cat suddenly loses it’s appetite for no good reason seek your vet IMMEDIATELY! Something is going on.

Weight loss or gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease though weight gain can be as well… Pay attention!

Swollen abdomen – If your kitty is swollen with a distended abdomen it’s probably excess fluid because of heart disease please DO NOT IGNORE!

Fainting/Collapsing – excessive weakness is a sure sign. Of course kitties sleep a lot. but if kitty appears less playful, or tires more easily due to weakness not laziness… you have a problem.

Restlessness – This is harder to recognize in cats than dogs. Because it seems many cats can be normally restless. Although if your cat suddenly becomes restless especially at night where they weren’t before, be on the lookout for heart disease.

Dog – Coughing is a very common symptom of many illnesses, one of those being heart disease. Minor coughs will not last more than a few days. If after three days your dog is still coughing, or is experiencing other symptoms, seek veterinary care.

Difficulty Breathing – Changes in breathing relating to heart disease may include difficulty breathing due to shortness of breath, labored breathing, or rapid breathing.

Changes in Behavior – If you notice behavior changes in your dog, such as tiring more easily, being less playful, reluctance to exercise, reluctance to accept affection, being withdrawn, or an appearance of depression, these are all signs of heart disease.

Poor Appetite – Loss of appetite is almost always a symptom of something. If combined with any of the other symptoms on this list, it could be a strong indicator of heart disease.

Weight Loss or Gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease, though weight gain can be as well. More likely than weight gain is a bloated or distended abdomen, giving your dog a potbellied appearance.

Weight Loss or Gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease, though weight gain can be as well. More likely than weight gain is a bloated or distended abdomen, giving your dog a potbellied appearance.

Weakness – Weakness may be seen as a general sign of aging, but be sure to seek veterinary attention if it is combined with other symptoms.

Weakness – Weakness may be seen as a general sign of aging, but be sure to seek veterinary attention if it is combined with other symptoms.

Edema – Edema is the swelling of body tissues. In regards to heart disease, your dog may show swelling in the abdomen and extremities if it has heart disease.

Isolation – If your dog suddenly starts to isolate itself or is keeping its distance from other pets and/or you, this may be a sign of heart disease.

2. Arthritis in DOGS & CATS – Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis. Here are seven of those common signs. Remember guys PROTANDIM is a great NATURAL way to ease symptoms of arthritis and many other inflamatory diseases… and it’s available to you on beijoscorner.com :)

Limping – You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.

Difficulty Moving – Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish. For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto countertops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.

Spinal Issues – Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.

Tiredness – Your pet may tire more easily. For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. Your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.

Irritability – Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.

Muscle Atrophy – Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.

Licking, Chewing & Biting – Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.

3. Symtoms of CANCER in Dogs & Cats – Lumps and Bumps
Not all lumps and bumps on or under your dog or cat’s skin will be cancerous, but there is no way to know for sure without getting your veterinarian involved – this is especially important if the lump is not resolving itself or is growing in size. A needle biopsy is commonly done and a veterinary pathologist can let you know if the cells are cancerous or no.

Abnormal Odors – Offensive odors from your dog or cat’s mouth, ears, or any other part of your pet’s body, should be checked out. Oftentimes cancers of the mouth, nose, or anal regions can cause such foul odors.

Abnormal Discharges – Blood, pus, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other abnormal substance being discharged from any part of your pet’s body should be checked out by your veterinarian. In addition to that, if your dog or cat’s abdomen becomes bloated or distended it could be a sign of an accumulation of abnormal discharge within the body.

Non-Healing Wounds – If your pet has wounds or sores that are not healing, it could be a sign of infection, skin disease, or even cancer.

Weight Loss – Cancer is among the list of diseases that can cause weight loss in a pet. If you notice sudden weight loss in your dog or cat (and it is not currently on a diet), along with other signs from this list, be sure to mention it to your veterinarian.

Change in Appetite – Dogs and cats do not stop eating without a cause. While a lack of appetite does not automatically indicate cancer, it is still something to be discussed with your veterinarian. Oral tumors can also cause difficulty or pain when eating or swallowing.

Changes in Bathroom Habits – Changes in your pet’s urinary or bowel habits – difficulty using the bathroom, frequent bathroom use, blood in urine or stool – these are all potential signs of cancer.

Evidence of Pain – Limping or other evidence of pain while the pet is walking, running, or jumping is mostly associated with arthritic issues or joint or muscle diseases, but it can also be a sign of cancer (especially cancer of the bone).

Whew! I know that’s a lot of info. guys but we want to look out for our Furry Family Members and these are the top 3. As I mentioned in the beginning the best plan for health is PREVENTION! It’s true for us and it’s true for them :) until next time…


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“Hmm… Could Your PET Be A TAX DEDUCTION?”

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Yep you heard me RIGHT your precious Fido or Kitty may be able to help save you some much needed $$$ INTERESTED?… Check it out!

First things first, even though your pet is your baby in every sense of the meaning and you love and cherish their little bones. The only dependent exemptions the I.R.S. gives are HUMAN ones sorry :( but…

Even if pets aren’t the perfect tax breaks in all situations there are limited circumstances in which you might be able to deduct some of their expenses. Here are a few.

1. If You Need a Guide Animal

Pet medical care isn’t deductible, but if you need a guide animal for your own health, the expenses of keeping that animal become eligible medical expenses. Those costs include food, veterinary care, grooming and other expenses that the guide animal needs to give you assistance. In addition, therapy animals can also qualify, as long as you’ve received a medical diagnosis for a condition for which you need the animal. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need to overcome the special threshold for deducting medical expenses — 10 percent of adjusted gross income for those under age 65 — before you can deduct guide-animal costs.

2. If You Use a Guard Animal

The IRS has allowed taxpayers to deduct expenses for guard animals protecting business property. Watchdogs are prime candidates for this deduction, as long as the dog is of an appropriate breed and you can document your expenses and the amount of time the dog spends on guard duty.

Sorry guys Chihuahua’s don’t count… although don’t tell them that.

3. If You Move

If you move, you can deduct special expenses of moving your pets as long as the overall move qualifies for moving-expense deductions generally. Typically, the move has to be for work purposes, and your new job has to be at least 50 miles further away from your previous home than your old job was. If you qualify, the deduction is available even if you don’t itemize, although a special form is necessary to claim the deduction.

4. If You’re in a Pet Rescue Program With an Animal Shelter

Many animal shelters are nonprofit organizations, so if you agree to provide a pet a foster home, you might be able to write off some of your expenses as charitable donations. In addition to pet food, vet bills, and supplies, you can also get a modest write-off for vehicle mileage. However, be sure to keep good records and get an acknowledgement of your work from the shelter in question, or else the IRS might challenge your claim.

5. If Your Pet Turns Into a Profession

Some pet owners are able to turn their love of animals into a moneymaking profession. Whether it’s racing horses, showing dogs or breeding animals of all sorts, you might be able to count some or all of your pet expenses against the income they generate.

A lot rides on whether you’re considered to have a business or merely a hobby. Hobby losses are deductible only to the extent you have gains, and you have to treat hobby losses as a miscellaneous deduction, which can limit the amount you can actually claim. The hurdle for establishing a legitimate business is higher, but you may be able to deduct all of your expenses for a business, even if it results in a net loss.

Every situation is different, and you should work with a tax professional before claiming any of these expenses in your own specific case. Nevertheless, if any of these situations applies to you, you might be able to turn your pet into a nice tax break come April ISN’T THAT COOL? :)


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“How To Get Your PETS To FOCUS!…”

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Does Fido or Kitty have you thinking they have a touch of ADHD? (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Well… Let’s see if they really do. It may just be a case of youth, stubborness, or extreme enthusiasm. Whatever the case may be IT CAN BE WORKED OUT.

Everybody appreciates having the pepper! What I mean is being ENERGETIC is AWESOME! But being able to FOCUS is even better.

Believe it or not being able to focus whether you are a pet or human is a great advantage to your health. It actually balances your whole health system. It regulates breathing, healthy heart rhythms, blood circulation, enhanced brain activity and much, much more. Plus, to be honest it’s easier  and more pleasant to be around individuals who are balanced… Right?

Also did you know teaching your pet to focus is safer for them and you? Think about it if Fido or Kitty is flipping out and a emergency occurs, danger or something else unforeseen  are you confident that your pet will hear and obey your voice in the around chaos and focus on you? Sound impossible well it’s not.

If you start practicing your focusing exercises with your pet now you will have be better prepared for situations like the above mentioned.

So how do you do it? I’m glad you asked. This is one of the essential things I teach all of my clients when I first start working with them and I believe in it strongly. It is crucial to know with confidence in an emergency that your pet will listen to you. Because to be honest you probably will be freaking out yourself so this is important.

First things first you must build trust with your pet. I call these my trust exercises and I’ll give you a taste right now… but to do it justice you really need to sign up and work with me so I can show you in more detail… BELIEVE ME IT IS SO WORTH IT.

1. A pet who trusts you will obey you no matter what is going on (YES this includes CATS too guys… but it takes a little longer for a cat). One of my favorite exercises to do is take your pet in a room that has one exit like a bedroom and have affection time together for about 10 to 15 minutes.

2. After you have done that leave the pet in the room alone and shut the door. Go away for about 10 minutes and when the time is up come back open the door and be extremely happy to see them. Elevate your voice and give lots of affection for about 5 minutes.

3. Close the door with them in it again and leave for a longer period of time about 15 minutes. When you come back this time start calling them and speaking to them as you are getting closer to the door. When open the door tell them that you will always come back for them… believe it or not they will understand you.

4. Now, I usually have people practice the first 3 steps for one week everyday before I give #4  The next step is to wait until your pet is in another room settled down… probably sleeping and randomly call them to the room where you are. When they come PRAISE them and greet them with major enthusiasm. Do this about 3 or 4 times a day.

What this is doing is getting the pet to trust when they come to you the reward will be affection and a sense of security because they are wanted and they have a place they belong and it’s associated with pleasure.

5. Now after you’ve practiced these 4 steps for about 2 weeks. It’s time to take it outdoors. Start first in an enclosed yard and wait until Fido or Kitty is engrossed in something (this time have treats with you) Then call to them with a visual of them outside. When they come give lots, and lots of PRAISE and a cookie. Do this until the time they come inside is under 10 to 15 seconds.

6. Next try this exercise again but this time you are indoors with a visual of them outdoors but make sure they can’t see you and call to them. When they come greet them with enthusiasm and a cookie.

7. If this is going well try it again but go away from the door into another part of the house and call to them so when they come inside they have to find you. When they find you give PRAISE with great enthusiasm. This will associate this exercise with PLEASURE and that’s what we want.

With consistency this will help your pet FOCUS on you wherever you are and whoever is around. YES IT TAKES TIME but boy is it worth it. I know you guys love your pets but as I always say love is not enough. You must lay the foundation of training and discipline to have a well rounded pet… and more importantly a SAFE PET.


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