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What Can Hemp CBD Oil Do for Your Pets?


So You Think You May Want A Bird?

Confused about CBD Oil and what it can do to help your pets? This article is a great place to start to familiarize yourself with CBD Oil and it’s benefits.


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Read this article to find out how to or how NOT to get a bird. There’s more to consider than beauty when thinking about getting a companion parrot.


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This issue we take a closer look at Oakland Bark Dog Park in Oakland Park, Florida.

There’s nothing better than a humorous story about a man in a compromising position & his kitten!

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t’s April...spring has sprung and another issue of Pet Junction is complete. If you are reading this, then it is already in your hands. I have got to tell you I am really excited about this issue of Pet Junction! We have got a spectacular issue for you and it’s been such a pleasure putting it together. First, I want to welcome our newest advertisers to the magazine; Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, PetLife Animal Hospital, East Paws Pet Services, and Leafywell Pet CBD Oil Products! Every advertiser in this magazine is more valuable than you may know. We all work together to bring you, and the rest of our pet community, this amazing resource and it simply would not exist without them. Please take the time to let them know you saw them in Pet Junction as they appreciate it and so do we. Now, let’s get down to business. We have so many great articles for you that I don’t even know where to begin. Many of you have asked about CBD oil for your pets so I thought it would be a good idea to run a “CBD oil for beginners” article. You can find it on page 28. Also, living in the “Venice of America,” so many of you own boats and you may be wondering just how to go about bringing your dog(s) along


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for the day. We’ve got you covered on page 20. No issue of Pet Junction would be complete without a little humor, and you can find some really funny stuff on pages 46 and 52. If you are looking for a great dog treat recipe take a look at the Bacon Peanut Butter Treat recipe on page 24. They are a perfect treat for the dog park, and if you are looking for a new dog park check out our featured dog park on page 42. There is so much jammed into this issue you really have to peruse the pages to find all of the little gems we’ve included. There is no better time than the present so sit back, relax and enjoy this issue of Pet Junction. We will see you back here in July with another great issue! Remember, make sure you tell our advertisers you saw them here. Shelly Allen, Pet Junction Publisher

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t’s getting more common to see “Fido” on board with the family. A recent survey of boat owners in the U.S. showed that 70% of them own dogs. Not sure if your dog and your boat are a good fit? In general, a dog that is accustomed to noise, comfortable around water, well behaved, and listens to “down” and “stay” commands can make a fine boating companion. Excitable or skittish dogs may not be the best boating pals.


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The first priority of a responsible dog owner should be the safety and well being of their dog. To keep your dog safe, you need to know your pet: Does he like water? Is he afraid of noise? Does he listen to you? Some dogs just don’t like water and some dogs don’t like to swim. If you don’t know how your dog will react near water or boats, you should find out before you actually plan a trip. Visit a boat dock or launch area and see how your dog reacts to the surroundings. APRIL 15 - JULY 15 2019

As a boat operator, you are also responsible for the safety and well being of your human passengers. Will your dog being onboard be a distraction to you? If your dog needs continual attention from you, or if any of your passengers are not comfortable with your dog, you should reconsider taking your dog onboard. DOG ONBOARD Ensure your dog exhibits proper behavior at all times while on a boat. That means staying in one place, which is especially important on smaller boats, no frantic movements, no distractive barking, etc. Be sure your pet knows where she belongs in the boat and stays there while the vessel is in motion. If you’ve never had your dog on the boat, practice a “dry run” – where your boat is loaded with everything else you take on an outing. Be sure you have all the equipment on board you usually would and that it is stowed where you normally put it. Put the dog on board and determine where the safest and most comfortable place is for your pet. Some safety professionals suggest counting your dog as a person in the boat because they can require space (taking up a seat) and can move on their own inside the boat. Definitely include their weight when calculating your boat capacity. Make sure that you have a plan for when your dog goes overboard, whether that is voluntarily or not. If your dog is a swimmer, be sure you have practiced getting your dog back into the boat, whether you are in the water with him/her or not. Many pet flotation devices have a gripping handle incorporated into the design, which can be very helpful.

And just as you plan food, drink, and restroom stops for yourself and your passengers, make sure you are prepared for your dog. Have a water bowl and snacks for your dog, and bring her leash and bags for waste cleanup. You never know when a treat can come in handy, or when you will need a plastic bag. PFDS FOR DOGS It’s now common to see dogs of all breeds on boats and around the water outfitted with a specially designed canine flotation vest. The choices on the market today for dogs are similar in many ways to the options we have for people. They come in a variety of colors, have varying warmth factors, and offer different amounts of flotation. Buying a flotation device for a dog is a lot like buying one for a human: The main concern should be getting a device that properly fits your dog. Make sure the flotation device has the characteristics your dog needs, like added warmth from neoprene if water temperature requires it. Most have a gripping handle for lifting the dog back into the boat. Make sure you know the weight limits of the device. You should consider taking your dog with you to the store so you can fit the device before buying , but be sure to call ahead to make sure that’s okay. Following these few tips will give you and your canine bestie hours of safety and fun on the water! Be sure to pick up the next issue for more articles on boating with your dog. 21 I


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In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy. Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Make ahead/freezing: Since the pups can’t eat the whole batch in a week, you can freeze them. Dogs love them right out of the freezer! The treats freeze well for up to 2 months. 25 I



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CBD - NATURAL RELIEF FOR YOUR PET Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the active constituents of the cannabis plant, has profound healing and balancing effects on all mammals. Pet owners have used it for a broad spectrum of medical and behavioral issues — cancer pain, arthritis, muscle spasms, seizures, neurological and digestive disorders, anxieties, obsessions, past traumas, withdrawal, mood, and memory. During recovery from illness or surgery, CBD can stimulate the appetite and speed healing. At the end of life, it can ease the pain and fear your pet may be experiencing. CBD does all this by stimulating the endocannabinoid system. A key

mechanisms lag behind the body’s needs, supplementing with extra CBD can help. Research also suggests that supplementing can coax the body to build more receptors so natural cannabinoids will work more effectively.

Two types of receptors have been identified: CB1 receptors, predominantly in the brain, nervous system, glands and organs; and CB2 receptors, found mainly in the regulatory cells of the immune system. Many tissues contain both receptors, each linked to a different action. A key role of the endocannabinoid system is controlling role of the inflammation by endocannabinoid up-regulating or THE system is controlling down-regulating ENDOCANNABINOID the immune SYSTEM AND HOW IT inflammation by response. An WORKS up-regulating or overactive Named after the plant down-regulating the response can lead to allergies that led to its discovery, immune response. and autothe endocannabinoid immune problems; an underactive system is a network of receptors one can leave the body susceptible located throughout the body. Shortto infections and the unchecked lived natural endocannabinoid proliferation of cancer cells. substances are synthesized on demand by the body to maintain homeostasis, a stable internal environment. When these internal SAFETY: HEMP VS. MARIJUANA

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Although hemp and marijuana are both classified as cannabis, they are distinctly different varieties. Recreational marijuana is very high in euphoria-producing THC, while hemp plants contain virtually no THC but have high levels of beneficial CBD. Hemp-derived CBD is not

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here do you purchase your pet food? If you are like the majority of people, you probably buy pet food at the grocery store or pet store. Is there really any difference between brands? Which is the best food? We will break pet foods down into the following broad categories: • Over the counter Diets (most grocery store brands) • Premium Diets (some pet store brands, some veterinary hospital brands) • Home Cooked Diets • Raw Food Diets As a general rule, higher quality pet foods cost more. Over the counter diets (e.g. generic brands, grocery store brands) contain a lot of cereal, which has low nutrient value contributing to


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more stool. The protein can be poor quality, possibly containing beaks, feet, and feathers. Synthetic preservatives like BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin are frequently used as well as artificial coloring and flavoring. Premium Diets (e.g. Prescription Veterinary Diets, some pet store brands) tend to use higher quality ingredients so pets eat less food, absorb more nutrients and create less stool. Some, especially newer brands, have organic ingredients, which contain no synthetic pesticides or herbicides and help conserve environmental resources.

amounts of carbohydrates, especially in cat food. Look for organic ingredients. Look for preservatives (e.g. Vitamins C, E). Home Cooked Diets are an ideal way to meet your pet’s specific nutritional needs with quality, fresh ingredients. Follow a recipe that includes the right proportions of protein, carbohydrate, and fat as well as vitamins and minerals. Usually, multivitamin supplements are recommended. Ask your veterinarian to provide a recipe or find a good book.

Whenever you change your pets’ diet, you should do it GRADUALLY, over If you are currently feeding an over at least a week. Doing so will help the counter brand, minimize intestinal Whenever you change upset, including changing to a premium diet can your pets’ diet, you should vomiting and make a big difference diarrhea. In addition, in your pets overall do it GRADUALLY, over at you should discuss appearance and least a week. Doing so will any potential diet energy level. Look for with your help minimize intestinal alterations increased brightness veterinarian health upset, including vomiting care team. They can of the eyes, increased energy help you formulate and diarrhea. level, improved coat a nutritional plan for quality, and lower stool volume. your pet taking into consideration any medical issues. Holistic veterinarians The easiest way to determine the can be a useful resource for providing quality of a pet food is to ignore the information about natural and organic packaging and read the ingredient diets. See the American Holistic label. Look for high quality sources of Veterinary Medical Association website protein, e.g. whole chicken or lamb ( to locate a holistic versus by-products. Look for limited veterinarian in your area.

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SO YOU THINK YOU MAY WANT A BIRD... Bird Basics - How to get (or not get) a bird as a companion By Richard Horvitz


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any people have written so much about these little companions, yet I find that most of the information is either self serving, or the content is overly rosy by not going into the potential negatives of bird ownership. After reading this brief article, you should have a realistic feel for what bird ownership is all about.

the bird learns the dog’s name, says “come here, Fido,” the dog runs over, then the bird says “go away” the dog runs away, and this is repeated until the bird has had its fun. Needless to say, although one needs to exercise common sense and use their instincts, one can easily introduce a bird into a home filled with dogs, cats, and other animals.

OK, so what do you need to know First and foremost, the term before getting a bird? First, what “birdbrain” and the ongoing battles of Tweety and Sylvester are the stuff is more important, a talking bird or an affectionate fairy tales. That is, One critical fact is bird? Colorful or birds have been that parrots can live not? How much documented with the intelligence upwards of 70 years. time can you spend greater than or Therefore, it is important on a daily basis equal to dolphins. to understand that a with your new parrot may be a lifetime companion? A good retail establishment Furthermore, companion... or breeder should although there ask the above qualifying questions are risks associated with socializing before even showing you any birds. birds with other animals such as Your answers and lifestyle will dogs and cats, they generally play dictate which bird is proper for you. together and get along famously. In fact, I have heard the same story over and over - someone has a bird, For example, if you are enamored

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by one of the cockatoos (Umbrella, Moluccan, Sulfur Crested) then you need to have at least three hours per day dedicated to hands-on time with your cockatoo. Also, if you are considering starting a human family, it is best to wait until you are finished building your family before bringing a cockatoo into your life. Otherwise, you will have problems, be they excessive vocalizations, self-mutilation, and/ or aggressive behavior. However, if you do have the time cockatoos can be great companions. One critical fact is that parrots can live upwards of 70 years. Therefore, it is important that a potential caretaker understand that a parrot may be a lifetime companion and that the decision to get a parrot should be well thought out. It is very difficult to place an older parrot in a new home so for the parrots’ sake, please do your research. Equally important to understand is PET JUNCTION

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that parrots are prey, as opposed to being predators (such as dogs, cats, and raptors). As such, they tend to hide when they are sick from you; in the wild, the birds who show any signs of weakness are the first ones to be attacked. How does this affect you as a bird owner? Well, you need to establish certain routines with your little companion. When they do not act the same as they usually do a big red flag should go off, and you need to take your bird to the vet immediately. Parrots are very hardy, yet if their illness is not caught early then they tend to go downhill quickly. These intelligent, curious, happy creatures are sure to win your heart. They can be and will be the best pet you’ve ever had as long as you understand the requirements of ownership and the implications of certain behavior. For more information, you can contact Richard at The Golden Cockatoo in Deerfield Beach or visit APRIL 15 - JULY 15 2019

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THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL A humorous story of a man. AND. HIS. KITTEN.


alling in sick to work makes me uncomfortable. No matter how legitimate my excuse, I always get the feeling that my boss thinks I’m lying. On one recent occasion, I had a valid reason but lied anyway because the truth was just too darned humiliating. I simply mentioned that I had sustained a head injury and I hoped I would feel up to coming in the next day. I reasoned by then I could think up a doozy to explain the bandage on the top of my head.


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The accident occurred mainly because I had given in to my wife’s wishes to adopt a cute little kitten. Initially, the new acquisition was no problem. Then one morning, I was taking my shower after breakfast when my wife, Deb called out to me from the kitchen, “Honey! The garbage disposal is dead again. Please come reset it.” “You know where the button is,” I protested through the shower pitter-patter and steam. Reset it yourself!” “But APRIL 15 - JULY 15 2019

I’m scared!” she persisted. “What if it starts going and sucks me in?” There was a meaningful pause and then, “C’mon, it will only take you a second.” So out I came, dripping wet and buck naked hoping that my silent outraged nudity would make a statement about how I perceived her behavior as extremely cowardly. Sighing loudly, I squatted down and stuck my head under the sink to find the button. It is the last action I remember performing. It struck without warning, and without any respect to my circumstances. No, it wasn’t the hexed disposal drawing me into its gnashing metal teeth. It was our new kitty which discovered the fascinating dangling objects she spied hanging between my legs. She had been poised around the corner and stalked me as I reached under the sink. At the precise moment when I was most vulnerable, she leaped at the toys I unwittingly offered and snagged them with her needle-like claws. I lost all rational thought to control orderly bodily movements, blindly rising at a violent rate of speed with the full weight of a kitten hanging

from my masculine region. Wild animals are sometimes faced with a fight or flight situation. Men in THIS predicament choose only the “flight” option, I know this from experience. I was fleeing straight up into the air when the sink and cabinet bluntly and forcefully impeded my ascent. The impact knocked me out cold. When I awoke, my wife and the paramedics stood over me. Now there are not many things in this life worse than finding oneself lying on the kitchen floor buck naked in front of a group of “been here, done-that” paramedics. Even worse, having been fully briefed by my wife the paramedics were all snorting loudly as they tried to conduct their work while trying to suppress their hysterical laughter and not succeeding. Somehow I lived through it all. A few days later I finally made it back into the office where colleagues tried to coax an explanation out of me about my head injury. I kept silent claiming it was too painful to talk about, which it was. “What’s the matter?” They all asked, “Cat got your tongue?” If they only knew! 47 I


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HISTORY OF THE DOMESTIC CAT Cats have always been a source of fascination for mankind throughout history.


oday cats have become one of the world’s most popular pets perfectly suited to the lifestyle of our day. They are beautiful, enigmatic and easy-tocare-for pets. But where and when did the domestic cat originate? This article should give you some insight into this question. It has been about 4000 years since the first cats were domesticated. The Ancient Egyptians were the first to keep and use cats to control vermin and other pests to protect stores of food. In Ancient Egypt, the cat was revered as a hunter and worshiped as a God and/or Goddess. The ancient Egyptians imposed the death penalty for killing cats and cats were also mummified before being buried. Other ancient civilizations later began to domesticate the cat and took tame felines to Italy where they slowly spread around Europe. Eventually, they arrived in the New World with the Pilgrims. The shorthaired domestic cat spread across the world from Egypt while longhaired cats came later from Turkey and Iran. The domestic cat also spread from India to China and Japan. Except for a short period of persecution in the Middle Ages when cats were associated with

the devil, by the eighteenth-century cats had become popular household pets worldwide. The wild cats of today such as Lions and Tigers descended from early carnivores called Miacids. From there the modern wild cat developed into three main types; the European wild cat, the African wild cat, and the Asiatic desert cat. The domestic cat is thought to have evolved from the African wild cat because of its tabby markings. Domestic cats today still take many characteristics from their wild ancestors. The arresting eyes, body shape, feeding and grooming habits are the same, along with the ability to pounce into action at any given moment. It is this link that makes the domestic cat so fascinating around the world. The non-pedigree domestic cat, the Moggie is the most popular house pet today with the black and white Moggie being the most popular, then the black cat, followed by the Tabby cat. There are also 36 recognized breeds of pedigree cats around the world with the Siamese cat being the most popular. Most homes today that keep pets have at least one cat in residence. 51 I



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DOGGY DICTIONARY Webster’s complete list of terms and definitions only our dogs know. Clearly, they each receive a copy after potty training...


LEASH (n.) A strap that attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go. DOG BED (n.) any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room. DROOL (v.) Is what you do when your persons have food and you don’t. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor, or better yet, on their laps. SNIFF (v.) A social custom to use when you greet other dogs. Place your nose as close as you can to the other dog’s rear end and inhale deeply, repeat several times, or until your person makes you stop. GARBAGE CAN (n.) A container that your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and moldy crusts of bread. BICYCLES ( Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards. The person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away. Cont Next Page 53 I


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DEAFNESS (n.) This is a malady that affects dogs when their person wants them to come in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down. THUNDER (n.) This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels. WASTEBASKET (n.) This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrappers. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house until your person comes home. SOFAS ( Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating, it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean. BATH (n.) This is a process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently. LEAN (v.) Every good dog’s response to the command “sit!” especially if your person is dressed for an evening out and it is incredibly effective before black-tie events. BUMP (v.) The best way to get your human’s attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea. GOOSE BUMP (v.) A maneuver used as a last resort when the Regular Bump doesn’t get the attention you require, especially effective when combined with Sniff. See above. LOVE (n.) Is a feeling of intense affection given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you’re lucky, a human will love you in return. PET JUNCTION

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FISH FACTS: LIFE IN A GLASS BOX Creating a balanced ecosystem in an aquarium

Rob Homer, Exotic Aquatic, Oakland Park


he basis of all healthy aquariums is what we call biological filtration. This is the presence of good nitrifying bacteria that breaks down raw fish waste (ammonia) into a less toxic form of waste (nitrates). This process begins when fish are introduced into the aquarium. Because the fish are being fed they are producing waste. The nitrogen cycle begins as the invisible good bacteria start to populate the aquarium clinging to all surface areas and feeding on this waste. It takes an average of four weeks for a freshwater aquarium to go through this process and about six weeks for a salt-water aquarium. Because water conditions are at their worst for this period it is important to start with hardy fish that can endure these conditions and never overfeed or overpopulate the new aquarium.

that claim to cycle an aquarium but in my experience, this is one works really well. Once an aquarium is established ammonia should never be present again unless the tank is grossly overfed or these good bacteria are over disturbed and killed off by cleaning all surfaces in the aquarium. In general, I recommend a water change every 3-4 weeks using a gravel vacuum to tumble the substrate removing debris and 1/3 of the water, then replace that water with clean, dechlorinated water of the same

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temperature (never colder) and the appropriate PH. THE AQUARIUM “CLEAN-UP” CREW Creating a balanced ecosystem in an aquarium Meet the aquarium “clean-up” crew, the line-up goes like this: the gang-Brittle starfish, queen conchs, emerald green crabs, blue leg hermit crabs, scarlet red leg hermit crabs, sand sifting starfish, fighting conchs, algae-eating snails, medusa worms, sea cucumbers, and copepods. We’re talking about reef scavengers who feed on detritus, bacteria, algae, and all other biological waste. These fascinating creatures prevent such waste from polluting the aquarium and literally choking the reef. These animals are generally hardy and relatively long-lived

and their benefits to the reef aquarium are immense. By processing the organic waste, which would otherwise settle and rot in your substrate, the detritivores can help maintain chemical balance within the tank. These fascinating animals are for the most part self-sufficient in the home aquarium, scavenging on the uneaten bits of fish food and waste fallen to the bottom of the tank. A new or very clean tank may not provide enough nutrients, in which case some food should be added about once a week. On the whole, these animals are hardy and do well even with the beginning hobbyist. Avoid drastic changes in pH and salinity-density by acclimating to new tanks appropriately. Enjoy your “clean-up crew” as they work for you!

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