Welcome to spring, fellow pet owners! Let’s talk about something important: Rattlesnakes and your pets. In some parts of the country, spring means rattlesnakes because they become more active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests. If you take walks or hikes with your pet, these tips can help arm you with knowledge to keep your dog safe during this time of the year.
We’ve talked about it before and we’ll talk about it again – poison prevention. It’s a scary thing when it comes to pets in the household. Many things that might seem OK for pets to consume, are actually very poisonous to them.
Are you living in an app based world just like we are? If you have a smart phone and you are using it to its full potential, you’re probably taking advantage of the many great phone applications available out there. Smart phones have become our daily reminders, links to the bigger outside world, driving directions and even our educational resource.
With holiday arrangements in full force, it might be hard to remember to prepare your pet for the colder winter months. You know it’s headed your way and your pet can probably sense it, but what exactly can you do? Take some time to make sure you have everything he or she might need before the freezing temperatures hit hard. Below are 5 ways to help prepare your pet for the colder months ahead.
- Your pet has fur, but could they benefit from a nice warm coat or sweater while spending time outdoors? ABSOLUTELY. If you already have a coat from last year packed away take a few minutes to make sure it still fits your pet. Whether your pet enjoys the outdoors or runs in and out only to take care of their business, an extra layer might not be a bad idea. If your pet has never used a coat before, consider taking him and her to the store to get a comfortable fitting. You might also want to introduce the coat or sweater to your pet slowly. Have them wear it for small amounts of time to start off with. Some pets do not enjoy having clothes on.
- Put a reminder by the door to check your pet’s feet when they come inside. Whether it’s snow, leaves or any other outdoor debris, checking your dog’s feet as they come indoors is never a bad idea. Snow can get stuck in their fur and cause issues. You might want to leave a floor mat, towel or paw cleaner by the door to help eliminate potential issues.
- Refresh your memory on all things that are hazardous to pets this time of year. One to always remember is antifreeze. Dogs are attracted to the smell and it tastes sweat on their tongue. Licking up antifreeze can be very bad for your pet. Holiday poinsettias are also dangerous. Don’t let them take a nibble on this plant! Here are a few more articles that will give you even more tips about pet poison prevention.
- You might not want to get your pet as many haircuts. Depending on the dog, it might not be the best idea to keep the same grooming schedule as you do in the warmer months. Does your dog’s groomer keep your pet’s hair a bit longer in the winter or do you prefer it just as short? Do you think your pet will be extremely cold if it snows? Will keeping his or her coat longer cause snow to get stuck in it. This might be a good question for your veterinarian. Depending on the pet and how many coats your pet has, adjusting your grooming schedule might be a wise idea. Changing up the type of shampoo you use can also be beneficial. Try a shampoo with added moisturizers.
- Keep an eye on your pet’s skin. Just like humans, the cold can cause issues for your pet’s skin. Keep an eye out for redness, cuts and dryness. If you see signs of skin irritations limit the time your pet spends outdoors. You might even need to visit the vet. Pay close attention to your pet after they go outside each time. A lot of dogs enjoy the snow, which can cause issues to the paw pads, nose and ears. Keep an eye out and you might be able to spot any problems.
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Halloween is right around the corner! Are you getting ready for the festivities? There are many exciting things that take place this time of the year: parties, pumpkins, candies and costumes. There are also a few things to keep in mind if you are a pet owner: holiday dangers, nervous pets, wires, chocolates and more. Below is a list of a few quick reminders to keep in mind during this fun fall holiday. If you take the right precautions and keep your pet at the forefront of your mind, you’ll be less likely to have safety issues with your pets this Halloween!
Safety Tips for Pet Parents
- Keep the candy away from your furry friends. This tip is incredibly important. You hear it year-after-year, but pets still end up in the emergency room after accidental candy ingestion. Try to keep the candy off the floor and away from areas where pets can access it. Remind children in the household of holiday and other pet dangers. It’s never a bad idea to refresh yourself and others about what foods and candies are dangerous to pets.
- Beware of nervous pets. If you have a nervous pet that does not react well to multiple visitors or scary costumes, be sure to take proactive measures to help your pet feel comfortable on October 31. Keep your pet in another room or offer them a calming support formula. Make sure that your nervous pet does not have access to the front door. You never know when a pet might demonstrate erratic behaviors like trying to run away from an uncomfortable situation. Keep a close eye on your pet throughout the night.
- Cords and wires can be hazardous. Some pets are attracted to new wires and cords like a kid in a candy shop. Cords can look like a lot of fun to a feline that enjoys playing with yarn or dangly toys. Keep them out of reach or tape the cord down so they are not tempted to chew.
- Watch the front door. Don’t let your pet escape when you open the door to trick-or-treaters. Keep a close eye on your pet or put them in another room.
- Don’t forget the identification. Just in case your pet gets outside and runs off, put ID on his or her collar. Make sure that the information on the tag is still correct. If you find yourself in a lost pet situation, read this blog post for more advice.
- Know your pet and understand if they like or dislike dressing up. You know your pet better than anyone else. If your pet doesn’t mind having a costume on, that’s great. However, there are many pets that find costumes or dangling materials to be a nuisance. If your pet is trying to take off their costume, allow them to do so. It’s not worth making them miserable.
- Decide if your pet should stay at home or come along. It can be fun to dress up your pet and have them come along trick-or-treating with you. As mentioned in tip six, know your pet and understand if he or she will feel comfortable in this abnormal situation.
- Be careful when using candles. Candles can be easy to tip over. Keep your pet in mind if you plan to use teacup candles in your jack-o-lanterns. We all know that candles can cause a serious fire. Consider using battery powered flickering candles instead.
Happy Halloween! We hope you have a great time while avoiding safety issues with your pets.
– Photo Credit: Pictured is Mia, our recent Halloween photo contest winner. Photographer: T. Deming.
Google predicts that only one day this week will top out below the triple digits here in sunny Arizona. While that might sound nice to some people that enjoy being outside in the sun with the hot sun on their backs, but what about our furry friends. How do they feel about the ‘dog days of summer’?
Since we can’t exactly ask them and expect a verbal yay or nay, we’ll assume that being outside for extended amounts of time is not only uncomfortable for most pets, but can also be dangerous. Luckily, there are other things you can do with your pet to keep them energized and entertained indoors. Keep your pet from feeling cooped up in the house by trying a few of these fun indoor activities.
5 Fun-Filled Indoor Activities for Dogs
- Play Hide-the-Treat
Indoor games are a great way to keep your pet from feeling inactive indoors. Try hiding their favorite treat in an inconspicuous place in the home. Offer hints and positive feedback when they find your simple hiding place. Since you might not want to give your dog too many treats in one day, consider breaking up the treat into smaller pieces so the game can last longer than a few minutes. It’s a great idea to encourage indoor exercise for your pets!
- Take them to a pet-friendly location around town – but make sure there’s not a lot of outdoor time for your pet
Do you have any restaurants or stores that allow pets in your town or city (make sure they are allowed inside the restaurant)? Take your dog to a pet-friendly place just to get out of the house. Be sure to use air conditioning, bring extra water for your pet and never leave them in the car alone. This is dangerous for many reasons. If you are from the Phoenix area, here is an article that gives you dog-friendly options around the city.
- Spoil them with new pet toys
While going along with #2, you might want to take your pet out a pet-friendly store and have him or her pick out a few new indoors play toys. This will get your dog out of the house and give them hours of enjoyment to follow. Some people use pet strollers or booties to keep their pet’s paws off the hot concrete. This is something to consider when your pet will be traveling from one cool place to the other – even if it’s just for a minute or two.
- Invite a furry friend over to play
Does your dog have a furry friend they might like to have a play date with? Just like you might meet up with a pet at the park, consider inviting them over to your house. This could be a little bit more complicated (especially if the pet likes to mark his or her territory in homes), but it could end up being loads of fun and exercise for both dogs. This tip might not work for everyone. It’s a good one to keep in mind for two dogs who are the best of friends.
- Take your dog to an indoor doggy daycare center
Some dogs are more social than others. If your dog is one that enjoys being around other pets, this could be the perfect way to get them socialization without having to spend hours at a pet park (it might be too hot outside for that) or in the backyard barking at the neighbor’s dog.
Have fun and we hope you can beat the heat and still provide some fun for your dog!