How you can Help Animals this Christmas

and Last Minute Gifts

Christmas is a wonderful season, it is in this time of the year most people think of their actions and ask themselves: have i been naughty or nice?

I am positive my readers have all been nice :) Here lays a reminder for all of you who are nice and a "must do" for those who wish to be.

1)            Don’t be indifferent to people and animal sufferance. You can’t save the whole world but one simple gesture can mean the World to that person/animal. One simple word of encouragement to someone who's laying on the Street can make the whole difference.  If you find a dog/cat or any other animal in need of assistance, don’t be indifferent, stray animals are all citizen's responsibility. Trying to find his owner locally, taking him to the vet to check his chip address, taking him temporarily home until you find him a new owner, those are all things you can do. Keep him warm, feed him and care for him. All Animals must be respected, be civic and have compassion.

2)            Give time. Volunteer to make public collections to Animal Associations, help clean the Kennels and walk the dogs, share animals which are for adoption in your social networks and talk to your friends to do the same.

3)            Give away your old clothes, bed linen, blankets, furniture,etc to those in need. Talk to local Animal Associations, they certainly will welcome everything you have to give. They often are very much in need of those things. Besides giving away what you have, if you have the chance ask them what they need, buy them food or medication to their animals. They always have older dogs/cats who need certain cares like special food and medicines which they struggle to buy. 

4)            Don’t buy Animals. Instead adopt a stray dog/cat and treat him as a family member. Inform yourself before about how to care for them.

5)            “Honor Christmas in your heart and try to keep it all the year”

Last Minute Gifts

You can find beautiful/warm coats made in polyurethane in Amazon. They are cheap, gorgeous and make an amazing gift ( check delivery dates!)

For personal care/cosmetics I invite you to try LUSH, one of my favorite brands. They are absolutely amazing, the products smell divine, some of them are 100% natural, plus they are organic, humm I guarantee to you you won’t regret trying them or giving them away!
Check customer ratings to help you chose the best ones! And don’t forget to look for paraben which you know you must avoid. 

Adopt an endangered animal with WWF, for example, for only 3 pounds per month!
Or just google these words “adopt an endangered animal” in the web and find many Organizations of help. It is a lovely way to help plus it is also an honorable statement you are giving away PLUS you ll receive nice merchandise and up to date news about your adoption. 

Not happy with these suggestions? Just google "cruelty-free gifts this Christmas" and find many more ;)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

How to Spot a good veterinarian

Today I would like to talk about a very important topic for all of those who intend to or have pets. I love animals, all kinds of animals and there is something that bothers me to watch: people fully trusting themselves and their pets to a veterinarian and often being exploited financially and their pets being victims of abundant and unnecessary tests and treatments.
Me, for example, in addition to other animals, i have dogs since I was five years of age. 
I followed them from babies to adulthood, their inherent health problems and consequent death. And I myself was a victim of exploitation by several Veterinary Clinics and specially Veterinary Hospitals. See when we have a pet there is nothing we won’t do for them and when somebody speaks of miraculous costly treatments and operations, even with difficulty, we always find a way to get them for our beloved pets. Often those treatments are completely obsoletes, causing the animal to be subjected to unnecessary treatments which contribute nothing to solve their health problems and those last, valuable times together to be diminished in quality for both: owner and pet.

So that your pet can have an end of life as comfortable and cheerful as possible here is my advice, what I have learned through the years.

First, contrary to what happens in human medicine, Veterinarian Hospitals are centers of animal and human exploitation. And so are animal health insurances. People insure their pets and then go to these Veterinarian Hospitals or franchising where they are recommended all kinds of tests and treatments for a simple tummy ache. And because the owner has his pet insured and therefore does not have to pay more for it he allows him to be subjected to all of the procedures believing he is taking the right decision when in reality he is being the victim of a business of exploitation where who really wins are veterinarians and insurance companies (see there is no pleasure for your pet in taking blood all the time, being vaccinated, receiving sedatives anytime to do an x-ray / ultrasound or simply to clean his teeth!).

There are frightening ads on tv talking about the terrifying consequences of not having your pets dewormed and for owners to go right away talk to their vets!

And owners do all of this because they truly believe they are helping their pet’s health.

How i Take Care of My Dogs

My dogs NEVER did any treatment for their gums or teeth in the vet. I do give them bones and treats to help keep their mouth healthy and it has been working all these years. But you can brush their teeth if really needed with the right brush and toothpaste specially formulated for your pet.

My dogs and my family are dewormed every 3 months and we are all doing great.
My dogs are vaccinated once in a year or every 3 years depending on the Country we live in and they only take the mandatory vaccinations.

My dogs don’t do any exams unless they are showing symptoms of needing them ( normally at old age only) and though sometimes they just don’t need them because with a regular physical exam the vet know what it is right away!

My dogs eat a good food so they won’t miss vitamins and they eat a food which meet their needs: for adults, for puppies, for renal problems, for heart problems, etc. They eat the right quantity for their weight. For example: my two oldest dogs eat renal food in a preventive way because they have high probability of developing renal problems (one has leishmania and the other is very old) and both take supplements.

My dogs wear a flea and tick collar and i substitute them every 3 months.

I cut my dog’s nails whenever and if necessary (actually just one of mine dogs, the oldest one needs it as they tend to naturally wear them when walking).

I bath my dogs one time per month or every 2 months depending on necessity and I groom them myself too if needed (I don’t want to expose them to a foreign and stressful environment). Every now and then, when needed, I clean them with baby wipes.

My oldest dogs have special mattresses for their joints where they love to lie in.

My dogs do walks 2 times a day - 30 minutes every walk (but you can do shorter and more frequent walks for older dogs), have lots of love and are very happy just like this.

My advice to choose a good veterinarian is to:

-       Don’t accept tips from veterinarians who tell you how to choose a good veterinarian!

-       Pay attention to the recommendation of other people (you may get to know some great vets this way);

-       Avoid Veterinarian Hospitals or large Veterinarian Groups with too much exposition on tv or yellow page add;

-       Avoid Clinics with too much staff ( it means they are trying to maximize their clients and the time you will spend with your vet will be shorter);

-       Choose a small clinic with a maximum of 3 veterinarians (would be ideal);

-       Opt for an older vet, might be wiser and experienced and not so greedy ( there are exceptions);

-       Pay the Vet a visit without your pets and get to know the space and the receptionists ( if you don’t like the staff you probably won’t like the vet as veterinarians tend to select staff similar in temperament to themselves);

-       Avoid vet clinics with luxury cars, top of the range in their parking lot belonging to medical staff ( somebody’s pet is paying them, don’t let it to be yours);

-       Find another vet if a vet clearly opposes holistic philosophies or alternative treatments, gives you skeptical looks, makes condescending remarks, ask for exams and tests with no apparent reason ( note: good doctors can know about major problems of your pet just by auscultating them and making a physical exam!);

-       Try to take one pet at a time to the vet or if you have many pets who need vaccination try to schedule a visit at your house so it won’t be such a moment of anxiety for them;

-       Take the vaccination time to ask for a general consultation and check-up for each one of your pets ( auscultation and physical exam);

-       Learn what's normal for your pet, so you recognize the first signs of illness. If a pet's not well, don't wait until he's really sick before you call your vet;

Nowadays, you have the internet to your disposition. If your pet has any general symptoms search in credible websites about it, keep informed.

General things my pets do have:

-       - shake their ears and cry because have pain on them – solvable with a trustable earring solution ( place in their ears every day for a few days)
-      - their eyes are very red and barely can open them – solvable by cleaning with a cotton soaked with warm water several times a day
-       - scratch their ass on the floor – need to be dewormed and so do we
-       - have itching – they need a bath and if the time has come, a new flea/tick collar

If their symptoms persist please consult your veterinarian.

More serious symptoms:

-       Coat Problems
-       Weight loss
-       Loss of body mass in the head
-       Loss of appetite
-       Pies nails
-       Hot nose (fever)
-       Lumps in the body
-       Constant cough

Please consult your vet if your dog presents any of these symptoms.

Note: these are only a few I know that I have seen in some of my dogs

For example, one of my dogs has leishmania and he takes medication every day. Because of his disease once in a while he has fever and less appetite (but these symptoms only last a maximum of one day) and he naturally has pies nails.

Another example, other of my dogs has lumps in the body. But those are benign lymphomas and therefore not harmful.

But I have had other dogs which had more serious problems.
One presented several of these symptoms which strongly developed all together plus renal failure, etc in 2 months lead to his death. There was nothing vets could do, he shut down completely. One moment he was ok, the other he was not.
Other had a degenerative problem, other a cancer, etc.

What I mean is do whatever it takes for your pet when and if needed but take conscience that sometimes there is nothing that can be done… and at such times give your pet all the comfort and love possible so he can spend his last days in peace and not in a cold veterinary clinic subjected to tests.

Living in Harmony with the World

First i want to thank all comments sent to me. 
To all of You who enjoy reading my blog and keep on sending messages asking me to write more - THIS IS ALL FOR YOU on behalf of Animals :) 

For many of you who fight daily for animal cause what i say on my posts is more than obvious but for general people it is not.

My post today it is called "Living in harmony with the World". 
So, how do we live in harmony with the World?

In what regards the Animals of the World i have identified 5 ways of exploitation:

1 - For food
2 - For clothing
3 - For beauty and health purposes
4 - For sports
5 - For entertainment 

Nowadays animals are being exploited in these 5 ways. 

For Food

If you're a vegan ( no animal products) ignore point number 1. If you are vegetarian ( someone who eats some animal products, see meaning here) you're still hurting animals in some ways - dairy products like eggs, milk and cheese are the result of animal exploitation. Please click here to Go Vegan. In the meantime, buy at least all you can organic. 

For Clothing

Animals are being exploited for Clothing: Leather, Silk, Wool are all product of animal exploitation. Please find clothing without cruelty, it is easier than you think. I usually buy everything online, nowadays it is very practical. In big online stores like Zalando, La Redoute, etc you can find all you need searching by product type and return it without a problem. There are very beautiful, resistant products on the market, no one will never notice the difference and you'll be happy knowing you're not contributing to this demonic industry. One tip: for beautiful lingerie try searching for vegetable satin.. ;) 

For Beauty and Health Purposes

Animals are being exploited for beauty and health purposes. Go cruelty-free. There is a list of the cruel and cruelty-free products available on the market and where to buy them. It is available at BUAV. I guarantee to you they have the same effect or even better than those you're using. Believe me , i am a demanding consumer. Plus find the best beauty tips in my blog categories and a list of the cruelty-free products i greatly recommend on "Favorites". In relation to drugs try to use natural remedies whenever possible.

For Sports

Animals are being exploited for sports. Any sort of sport which involves animals (hunt, rodeos, dog racing, etc) are exploitation. Refuse to be actively or passively part of these activities. If you want more information on these topic just simply search for "animal cruelty in sports and entertainment"on google or any other search engine.

For Entertainment

Animals are being exploited for entertainment. 
Circus, Zoos , Aquariums, Pseudo-Sanctuaries, Animal Actors, Exotic Animals as pets, Horse-Drawn Carriages are all cruel forms of entertainment for animals. 
If you love Animals refuse to visit these places and don't lie to your children: animals aren't happy. 
Find all about these animal cruel activities here plus once again get more information buy searching on google or any other search engine for "animal cruelty entertainment". 
If still you think visiting any of these places in your area, search for the name of the place you are about to visit plus add the words "cruelty animals". The more likely is for you to be shocked with what you'll get but even if you don't please don't contribute for Animal's captivity. 
Visit Animals in their natural environment. Not possible? See documentaries on TV.

Be a better person for You, for the Animals, for the World and for your Children.

Thanks Everybody!

Have a nice, cruelty-free, happy life.

The World - Good vs. Evil

I am sorry i have been away for so long. I moved and that took some time. Although i have not had the time to write, every day i had time to share via facebook and twitter important petitions and news.

Sometimes people helping animal cause ask " when is this going to end?". Maybe never. The fact is we have to think of this as a no end story but in our hearts believe and fight for Good to triumph. 

The Evil will always exist and so will the Good. So the question might be " who is the strongest? ". Evil people have a stone in their heart, they have no empathy for others suffering and they always try to find a way to harm others. If Good people aren't strong and cold in this fight they can loose.. they can loose their head.. they can loose their strength and worst of all.. they can loose their faith. 

So, lets be strong. Lets do all we can every single day to be better persons, better humans. Lets not be indifferents, lets fight all the small and big fights glad to be the chosen to do it. Lets be kind to animals and good human beings and relentless with the bad people. Lets not be afraid. Lets not worry about what other people think. Lets know in our hearts we are doing the right thing. Lets feel good about ourselves. Lets let everybody know we are proud of being human being in its right definition. Lets teach others and spread our faith. 

I have written before that "Good actions start at home". So, if you see someone you know, some neighbour, friend, family member, strange mistreating any animal don't turn your back. It is your duty to fight for that animal life and wellbeing. Don't wait for nobody else to do it. Do the Good and Good Things will come to You.

Be good.

Have a nice, cruelty-free, happy life!