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National Poison Prevention Week

There are dangers lurking around every corner! On account of this, we all make sure to teach our children what they can and cannot put in their mouths, we watch them like hawks, and we baby proof our homes. However, we may not realize that we should also be taking these same precautions with our pets!  March 20-26  is National Poison Preventon Week, so we have put together a list of items which are dangerous for our pets, and with which we should take extra steps to prevent access.  This list is not comprehensive but covers common household dangers. Caution with Common Chemicals: There are dangerous chemicals all over our homes. These items are all dangerous to humans and to pets, but humans are not as likely to try to eat them (once we reach a certain age). We should make sure that these items are up high and out of reach, in the garage or in a room to which our pets don’t have access, or behind child safety locks. Household cleaning products should not be ingested. This includes laundry detergent, bleach, mopping liquid, and anything else we use to clean our homes! We shouldn’t let our dogs or cats drink out of the toilet bowl. We cleaned it with chemicals and they are still there. Poisons for killing rodents and insects are toxic and should not be used where our dogs or cats may be able to access them. Try using diatomaceous earth for any insect problems. It is food grade and non-toxic to humans and pets. Cigarettes, ashtrays and smoking cessation products are all harmful to...

Halloween isn’t for scaredy cats – or dogs!

Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year and were suggest taking the necessary precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!”. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for furry family members. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or animal poison control at (855) 764-7661. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Keep electric lights and cords from decorations out of the reach of your pets. If they chew on them, they could suffer from cuts or burns, or worse, life-threatening electrical shock. Be extra careful when putting candles in carved pumpkins. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). But, for most pets, wearing anything but their “birthday suit” causes them undue stress so do everyone a favor and leave the dressing up to us humans. But… If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or...

Independence Day Pet Safety

To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of the birth of our nation.  But to dogs, they are truly bombs bursting in air. The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during the holiday festivities can frighten dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured. As we prepare for BBQ and fireworks this Fourth of July, take the necessary precautions  to keep your pets safe and calm during this Independence Day weekend. It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor’s party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to try to find you when the fireworks displays begin. Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the chatter during the “rockets’ red glare.” If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax. Avoid scraps from the grill. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset. In addition, some certain foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic....

Holiday Pet Safety

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas with your PETS! Holidays can bring stress to all of us, and pets are no exceptions.  When routines are disrupted and new activities occur, your pet may be the first to notice.  Follow these tips to make the holidays and other events more relaxing for everyone, including your four-legged family members. Animals can become stressed with the hustle and bustle of holiday guests. Therefore, it’s best to keep your pets indoors and provide them with a safe, quiet, escape-proof room where they can get away from the energy and excitement.  Remember to provide plenty of food and water, and let your pet catch up on some Z’s! Holiday guests don’t know your pets’ routines. If your guests smoke, make sure they are careful with their cigarettes.  Also, let them know in advance whether they are allowed to give treats to your pets. As your holiday visitors come and go, there will be many escape opportunities for your pets. Make sure they are always wearing their current identification tags, consider having them microchipped (if they aren’t already), and keep watch of that door! Always keep your vet’s number handy, along with the number of animal poison control center, in case of an emergency. Safe Ways To Celebrate Make the holidays special for your pets, too!  Provide your furry friends with some extra love and attention to let them know they aren’t forgotten during the busy holiday times. Take your dog for an extra walk – it’ll help both you and your pet relieve some of that holiday stress. Keep a supply of pet treats handy...