Posts Tagged ‘animal health’

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.


Summer Fitness for You and Your Pet

Sunday, July 10th, 2011


Are you and Fido striving for the perfect bikini body this summer?  Follow these tips to ensure a safe experience for you both!

  • Stay hydrated!  You both should have plenty of fresh water available to keep your body functioning at its peak.  Many pet retailers sell portable dog bowls so you don’t have to share a water bottle.
  • Make sure your pet can keep up with you.  Pets that are not used to heavy activity are going to experience even more difficulties in the heat.  Very young or old dogs may have a harder time in hot weather.  Also, certain breeds with short noses such as Boxers, Boston terriers, Pugs, and Bulldogs are prone to overheating due to their anatomy despite their fitness level.
  • Swimming can be a fun activity but be sure to allow your dog to participate in a safe manner.  Not all dogs are natural swimmers.  They should be supervised at all times when in the water.  If you allow your dog in your swimming pool, teach him where the steps are.  A dog’s natural instinct is to try to get out of the nearest edge, which is usually not the way out.  Never allow your dog to swim in areas where you would not swim.  Pool water and lake/pond water can be irritating to the skin and can cause skin and/or ear infections.   Dogs should be rinsed with clean water and ears cleaned after every swim.

Visit Plum Street Pet Clinic for answers to all your pet care questions.