Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike. But please keep your four-legged family members in mind during this holiday. It is a night full of a lot of commotion and this can be disturbing to pets. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep Halloween candy out of reach. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is toxic for pets.
  • Candles in pumpkins can be a fire hazard with four-legged friends running around.
  • halloweenThe excess activity (the doorbell ringing, people coming in and out, parties) can all cause anxiety for pets. Make sure your pet has a comfortable place to rest away from all the commotion.
  • Make sure your pet is equipped with an ID tag and/or a microchip. With all of the commotion and trick-or-treaters, it’s best to be prepared if your pet does manage to slip out the door.
  • Keep black cats inside.
  • If you dress up your pet in a costume, make sure it doesn’t constrict breathing or movement. It’s also important to ensure the costume doesn’t contain any small parts that can be choked on.

Have fun this Halloween, but make sure you’re protecting your pets from these dangers. It will mean more fun for everyone!

Julia Black

Fall Safety Tips

Summer has come to a close and it’s time to turn our thoughts to fall and the possible hazards that pose threats to our beloved pets. Here are some fall safety tips to keep in mind to keep your pet safe.

  • Watch out for snakes. Fall is the time of year when snakes are prepping for hibernation and they’re a little more ill-tempered during this period. Keep your dog on the trail during fall hikes and educate yourself regarding venomous snakes in the area.
  • Picture1Protect pets from mushrooms. Fall is the season for mushrooms and although most varieties are harmless, some can be deadly. To be safe, it’s best to keep pets away from all mushrooms while on walks or playing outdoors. Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive drooling, and weakness are all signs of mushroom poisoning. Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet exhibits any of these symptoms.
  • Consider upping your pet’s food intake. When temperatures drop, it takes more energy to stay warm when exercising outdoors. Food generates body heat, so if your pet gets a lot of activity, you may want to consider a higher daily calorie intake. Of course, discuss it with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s food allotment.
  • Beware of rodenticides. When temperatures start to cool off, rodents often head indoors to find shelter, causing many people to use rodenticides to get rid of unwanted pests. Pet owners should use caution because these products are extremely dangerous to pets if ingested and can be deadly. Symptoms of rodenticide poisoning include lethargy, pale gums, vomiting, coughing, and unusual bleeding. Emergency veterinary care should be sought immediately if poisoning is suspected.

Enjoy your fall but keep these things in mind for the safety of your pet!

julia sig

How Dogs Express Themselves

Ask any devoted dog owner and she’ll tell you that dogs definitely express emotions. The potential problem is when we use human emotions and experiences to decode what a dog is trying to say. Here are five behaviors and the meanings behind them:

  1. BowPlay Bow. Most people recognize this; the dog with his front legs on the ground and his butt up in the air. This is a relaxed dog telling another dog (or his human) that everything is okay and he wants to play.
  2. Sniffing. All dogs sniff, of course, because that is a major way they decode the world. But when you’re taking your dog for a walk and you encounter another dog, sniffing is a way to tell the other dog that everything is okay and they just want to pass.
  3. Sitting. Sometimes dogs seem to sit at the most inopportune times. Sitting is not always just a way for them to rest, it also is a mechanism for the dog to cope with an overwhelming situation.
  4. Go Between. Sometimes two dogs start to play a little too aggressively and another dog that is present may walk in between the two dogs to diffuse the situation. Acting as the go-between helps the two playing dogs to take a step back and resume playing in a more gentle way.
  5. Arc. Canine etiquette dictates that meetings take place from the side rather than head on. This allows the dogs an opportunity to sniff each other first. You should always keep this in mind if you encounter another dog on your walk or in social situations. Give them space and allow them to meet on their own terms.

Keep these behaviors in mind when trying to decipher what your pet is trying to say and how they are feeling.

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Three Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make

As a loving pet parent, keeping your dog healthy and safe is probably a priority. In certain situations, however, owners may not even realize they’re making a pet care mistake. Below are three common mistakes that can jeopardize your dog’s health or safety:

  1. Dog HarnessAllowing your dog to ride unsecured in the car. Allowing your dog the simple pleasure of riding shotgun with his head hanging happily out of the window may seem like no big deal, but this is a very dangerous practice. In an accident, unrestrained dogs are not only more likely to be injured, but they also represent a significant danger to the people riding in the car. Also, if your dog survives an accident, it is likely he will run away if he’s able to get out of the car. Keep car rides safe by using a secured crate or reliable restraint device.
  2. Walking your dog off-leash in an unsecured area. Unless you’re in a dog park or other secured area, walking your dog without a leash is a mistake. Even the most well-behaved dog can get distracted by a squirrel or another dog and ignore a recall command. Obviously, darting into the street is a dangerous situation that can turn tragic in an instant.
  3. Giving your dog medication meant for people. If your dog is in pain or not feeling well, your inclination may be to administer a low dose of a human medication. However, it’s extremely important to check with your veterinarian before doing so. Some human medications are downright dangerous for dogs. In other cases, there could be possible drug interactions of which owners might not be aware.

Like children, dogs depend on us for their lives and well-being. Be a good dog parent and avoid these common mistakes and you’ll all be happier.

(Taken from website HERE)

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Why Microchip Your Pet?

Each year, thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America; some never make it home because they can’t be identified.

MicrochipCollar tags can break or become unreadable and tattooing can become illegible. So, if you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe in case it goes missing, microchipping is your best option.

Microchipping offers pet owners the security and peace of mind that comes from the only permanent identification technology and a safe and secure way to reunite you and your pet, via the Lost Pet Recovery Service.

Four Reasons to Microchip Your Pet:

  • Permanent pet identification
  • Best chance of recovering your pet
  • Quick and painless procedure
  • Lasts for your pet’s lifetime

Keep your pet safe and secure – microchip!

julia sig

10 Early Warning Signs of Pet Cancer

Did you know? Pet cancer is the number one health problem for dogs and cats. In fact, dogs and cats get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans. And there’s more: Cancer is the leading disease-related killer among dogs and cats, accounting for nearly 50% of these deaths. The good news is that, detected early, pet cancer can be effectively treated.

Here are the 10 early warning signs to watch for, as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society:

African American young adult female veterinarian holding brown Pomeranian dog.1. Abnormal, persistent swelling

2. Sores that do not heal

3. Loss of weight

4. Loss of appetite

5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

6. Offensive odor

7. Difficulty eating or swallowing

8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

9. Persistent lameness or stiffness

10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

If your pet has any of these early warning signs, you should take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination. Help prevent your pet from developing pet cancer by keeping him away from environmental toxins like lawn fertilizers and surface and rug cleaners that have warning labels relative to children and pets. Many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and cancer.

Be diligent in monitoring your pet’s behavior and health and you could save your pet’s life.

 julia sig

 

Summer Safety for Pets

It looks like winter has taken its final bow and now we need to look forward to the heat of summer. It’s important to keep our furry friends in mind when dealing with the heat. Here are a few tips to keep your animals safe this summer:

 

  • Summer SafetyNEVER leave an animal in the car in the summer.
  • Pay attention to the heat of the pavement when walking your pet.
  • Keep your pet well hydrated.
  • As animals get more thirsty they may be more likely to drink from   contaminated puddles on the ground – keep your eye on them.
  • Think of ways to keep your pets cool if they are outside. Kiddie pools and chilling pads are popular for this.
  • Keep walks and outdoor play short during hot days.
  • Summer is the season of parasites and bugs. Make sure your pets are protected.
  • Keep your pets off lawns that have been fertilized.
  • Pets can get sunburned, too. Apply special sunscreen for pets to the tips of their ears, the skin around their lips, and on their noses.
  • Do not shave your dogs in the summer – their coats serve as insulation from the heat.
  • Short-nosed dogs have a harder time in the heat because they do not pant as effectively as longer-nosed dogs. It is best to keep them inside in the air conditioning.