Charity Can for the Association "Assistenzhunde Bayern e.V,"
- Support Elias & Spencer
- Your donation makes the training as an assistance dog possible
- In cooperation with the association Assistenzhunde Bayern e.V.
Our cooperation partner Assistenzhunde Bayern e.V. is a non-profit self-help association that supports disabled and chronically ill people in acquiring and training assistance dogs. Through them we became aware of Elias & Spencer.Elias (10 years old) has an autism spectrum disorder (Asperger), as well as attention-hyperactivity syndrom (ADHS). He, and his family have been fighting for years with this extreme and challenging situation in their daily lives, which has become increasingly debilitating. For one year they have a new family member named Spencer (bearded collie/assistance dog), which is very well suited, being a herding dog, to care and watch over Elias if he’s having a tantrum or fit of rage, if he runs away, or is in acute danger of harming himself.To train a dog professionally, and to pay for ist upkeep is very costly! Unfortunately statutory health insurance does not cover or subsidise the training of an assistance dog. Therefore, all costs must be carried by the family. Therefore, we have decided to provide for the cost of the feed, as well as visiting them both on a regular basis. We will report on their progress, in order to create more awareness for this illness, and to show the sensational work that assistance dogs can offer.
With our virtual charity can, you can help support the training of Spencer as an assistance dog for Elias. For every "Assistenzhunde Bayern" charity can purchased, 100% goes to the Assistenzhunde Bayern e.V. association.
*Please note: this is a virtual can, no can will be included with your delivery.
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HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY SWITCH FOODS
Vet Hanna Stephan has some tips
A change to a new food often puts the cat owner to a hard test of patience. This is an expression of the cat's special food imprint. Their receptors "warn" them of the unknown. This instinct often makes a food change very difficult and lengthy. Alongside a species-appropriate recipe with an extremely high meat content, a few small tricks can help ease the transition.
TIP 1: RECONDITIONING
Place a bowl with the new food alongside the old food (which the cat should continue to eat for the time being) for a few days, allowing the new smell to be incorporated within the cat’s ‘prey spectrum’. As such, the rejection or ‘fear’ of the new food will gradually be diminished until it is no longer regarded as ‘strange’.
TIP 2: STEP BY STEP
Once the cat has got used to the new smell, small amounts of the new food can be mixed into the old food. The pace at which this is done depends on the cat concerned. The more critical the cat is by nature, the smaller the initial concentration of the new food. If the cat shows great interest in the new food or prefers it to the old food, the ‘mixing in’ process can go at a faster rate or even be skipped.
TIP 3: FEEDING INCENTIVES
Gently warming up the new food or – depending on your cat’s preferences – adding a small amount of salt, fish oil or Parmesan for a short period can help to make the new product even more appetising.
TIP 4: PEACE AND QUIET
Ensure that your cat has a quiet feeding place where they can eat and sniff their food without being disturbed. Some cats feel even happier and safer in raised feeding places.
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