5 ways to enjoy the 4th of July with your dog

We try to include our pets in most things that we do because they are a part of our family. They are our furry family members. Holidays are a great way to have fun with your pets!

Independence day can be a hard one for a few reasons. First, the loud noises can scare your dog. Second, fireworks can be dangerous in general. Third, pets don’t always fit into the 4th of July party plans. But what if there was a way to change that? You don’t have to exclude your pet. There are several ways to help make your pet feel special, even on the Fourth of July.

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Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?

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Up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year and only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is by having it microchipped.1 In addition to other important and fun celebrations May is Chip Your Pet Month. Have you considered getting your pet chipped?

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Don’t Feed This to Your Pet! Holiday Food No-No’s

chihuahua-turkeyCan you believe it’s already November? It’s almost Thanksgiving! Where has the year gone? We can’t help you with that one, but we can offer you advice about what food you can and cannot give your pets this holiday season. We know…it’s sometimes tempting to share your table food with your loving, begging pet. It’s not always the best idea though – especially if you don’t know what ingredients were added to the dish.

Below is a list of the No-No’s to remember when you offer your food:

  • Does the food contain onions? Watch out! These delicious veggies can be harmful if ingested by your pet. If you think there’s onion in the food item, don’t give it to your pet! Onions, garlic and chives can possibly damage red blood cells causing anemia.
  • You know that chocolate is bad for Fluffy, yes, but does your niece know this? Be sure to remind holiday visitors about pet food hazards. A lot of people think that they are doing you or your pet a favor by offering something “tasty” to your pet. Remind them that it’s not a good idea to offer un-approved food items. Tell them to pet Fluffy lovingly instead!
  • Grapes and raisins are not to be offered to your pet! This is a big no-no. This rule is not to be taken lightly. If you are serving grapes or raisins this year, avoid any spills onto the floor. You never know what those sneaky pups will scoop up.uploads-20131128T1805Z_33894d2af8bc6fb8ae72a82717a5e5dd-1920x1440-cute-kittens-wallpaper
  • But dogs love bones, right? Well…they love them until the small slivers of bone remain in the stomach lining or throat and cause multiple problems. Fat trimmings and bones should not be given to the dog. Be sure and inform all of your holiday visitors. Giving bones to the dog has long been a favorite among many people, but over the years we’ve found it to be more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Do people really give their pets alcohol? The answer is yes. But our recommendation is no. Alcohol, ingested accidentally or intentionally, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, coma and possible death for your beloved pet. Avoid alcohol consumption all together!

What can you give your pet? Turkey is okay for your pet as long as it doesn’t have onions, onion flakes, skin, fat or bone. You can also give your pet fruits like apples, carrots and blueberries. Remember that there are a lot of nutritious treats on the market that are perfectly fine to give your pet. Perhaps sticking with those treats designed for your pet is the best choice.

Have fun this holiday season! Be safe and remind others not to offer your pet table food. Stay tuned for our next post about Loving and Loyal Dachshunds!

 

 

Top 8 Safety Tips for Pet Parents this Halloween

Attention, animal lovers. It’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” for many years to come.

1. No tricks and no treats. That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Sally and Mr. Peepers. 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 suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset if your pet decides to nibble on them. Keep them out of reach of your pets.
3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. 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. Many retail stores sell battery-powered “flickering” candles you can place safely in your carved pumpkins.

5. Dress-up can be a hit or miss for some pets. 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). If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement, sight, or hearing, and it shouldn’t impede its ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. For pets that prefer their “birthday suits,” consider letting them go au naturale or sporting a festive bandana.

6. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, be sure your pet’s costume fits properly, as external objects can snag ill-fitting outfits, or your pet’s paws or jaw, and can lead to injury.

7. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

8. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you. Remember, your pet counts on you to take care of him or her. Be a responsible pet owner, and have a safe Halloween!