Archive for the ‘Pet Safety’ Category

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Winter is right around the corner, and that means the mercury is plummeting.  That doesn’t mean that you and your pet have to stop enjoying the outdoors, though!  Follow these tips to keep warm and safe this winter:

  • Wipe off your pet’s paws and underside after coming in from outside.  Salt can be irritating to the skin, as is any ice that might become stuck between the paw pads.
  • Don’t shave your pup!  A longer coat acts as insulation and protection.  If you have a shorter haired breed, consider a coat or sweater if you are going to be out for a prolonged period of time.
  • If your pet is very active and spends a lot of time in the cold, he or she might need some extra calories.  Give us a call to discuss if you are not sure.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or off leash in the cold.  Animals can get frostbite, too, and are more prone to getting lost in snowy weather.
  • The ice and snow can be harsh on tender feet.  Booties are available to help protect your dog’s feet from the elements.
  • Steer clear of antifreeze.  This sweet tasting liquid is lethal even in small amounts.
  • Cats are probably best left indoors.  They may freeze while hiding out from a threat such as a neighborhood dog or take refuge on a warm car engine and be seriously injured.

For more tips on caring for your pet, visit the articles section on our website.

Give Thanks!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to remember how important our pets are to us and be thankful that they have Doggie Thanksgiving Dinnertouched our lives.  Here are a few suggestions for how you can let your pet know how much you appreciate them:

Share your feast

Some Thanksgiving Day staples are safe for pets to share, in moderation.   Green beans and sweet potatoes are often well-liked as is a small amount of well done skinless, boneless turkey.  Pumpkin puree is another food many dogs and cats appreciate.

Show them some extra attention

Take some time out of the busy holiday to play fetch, go for a walk, or just snuggle.

Special treats

While some pets can’t tolerate people food, they may like treats such as a new toy or a turkey-flavored chew bone.

Don’t forget your pet this Thanksgiving.  Take a few moments to think about how much they impact our lives and recognize them this holiday season.

Check out our pet care articles for more tips on taking great care of your pet.

 

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Cancer is a disease that all too commonly affects our pets.  While no animal is immune from this disease, there are some things that you can to do lessen your pet’s chances of developing cancer.

  • Provide good nutrition and weight management for your pet.  Overweight animals and people are at an increased risk of developing cancer.
  • Know your pet’s risk factors.  If you have a purebred pet, be sure you know what types of cancer are most common in the breed and what signs to watch out for.
  • Spay or neuter your pet.  It is never too late, and spaying/neutering has been shown to prevent or reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including breast cancer.
  • Try to keep your pet “clean.”  Do not expose your animal to pesticides, herbicides, asbestos, or cigarette smoke.  For that matter, don’t expose yourself, either!
  • Keep up on wellness visits.  Make sure your pet comes to see us at least once a year to help catch problems early in process.

 

Trick-or-Treat

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Is your pet joining in on the trick-or-treating this year?  If you do decide to let Fido tag along, be sure that you are keeping him or her safe.  Halloween can be a stressful time for pets, and mingling in crowds of noisy children dressed in scary costumes can be intimidating for a lot of animals.  If your pet seems overwhelmed by the activity, it may be best to leave him at home.

Costumes for pets are often cute, but they can also cause anxiety.  If your pet tolerates wearing a costume, be sure that it fits comfortably and allows your pet to see and move freely. Also be sure your pet is visible in the dark (incorporating reflective tape or lights in a costume can help) and is wearing identification should it become separated from you.

If you do manage to get your pet dressed up successfully, share a picture with us in our pet gallery or on our Facebook page!

And don’t forget that chocolate and items sweetened with xylitol are dangerous for animals!

Happy haunting to you and your pet!

Summertime Sizzle

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Keep your pets safe during these hot, hot months.  Watch out for the following summer hazards:

  • Heat stroke: It’s not just for people! Pets, too, can overheat and even die from high temperatures. Never leave an animal in a car, even for a short period. Make sure your pet always has access to shade and fresh water.
  • Sunburn: It may sound like a good idea to shave down your golden retriever, but your pet’s coat provides insulation from the heat and limits sun exposure which can result in sunburn.
  • Heartworms: Mosquitoes are everywhere this time of year and can transmit heartworms, which are just what they sound like- worms that grow in the heart. Not a good thing. Keep your pet on heartworm prevention as recommended by your vet.
  • Fleas: These nasty little buggers are at their peak during the warm months of the year.  Preventatives prescribed by your vet are very effective at keeping fleas at bay.
  • Parties: Fido may want to crash the neighborhood block party, but be sure you limit his consumption of extra treats that may make him sick.  Alcohol is also a big danger as well as garbage cans full of tasty treats like leftover bones.

It’s wonderful to be outside with your pet, but summertime can bring health risks if you’re not careful. Keeping yourself informed and aware of potential dangers can help to make sure your summer is a breeze.