Are you aware that many common flowers and vegetable plants can be poisonous and/or toxic to dogs and cats? Whether you’re planting a new garden or maintaining an existing one, it’s important to design it to contain pet friendly plants, as many toxic plants can have a detrimental effect quickly and with only a little bit of ingestion. [Read more…] about Plant a Pet Friendly Garden this Spring
How To Keep Pets Healthy With The Upcoming Winter Season
The snow is here and the temps are chilly! But your dogs still need to go out for walks. Here are some valuable tips for keeping your dogs and other pets healthy and comfortable in the cold months ahead.
Know your pet’s limits
Some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to the cold than others. Dogs with a thin coat of hair, such as Greyhounds and Chihuahuas, have a low tolerance to cold, as well as dogs with short legs. Keep them cozy in a warm sweater and/or booties, and limit their outdoor time on cold and snowy days. Breeds such as Huskies and Newfoundlands can tolerate the cold better than their short haired counterparts, but even they shouldn’t be left out too long in temperatures below freezing.
Senior pets and those suffering with arthritis will also be less tolerant of inclement weather, and they also are more prone to slipping and falling.
Bottom line: Shorten your walks and playtime outdoors and dress them for the winter. [Read more…] about Keeping Your Pets Healthy in Winter
Prevention Is Key When Protecting Your Pets From Fire
July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, a time to consider fire prevention to keep both home and pets safe. Over half a million pets are affected each year by house fires, and over one thousand are caused by the homeowner’s pets, according to a study by the National Fire Protection Association.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your pets from starting a house fire, and helpful hints on keeping them safe. [Read more…] about Protecting Your Home and Your Pets from Fire
Revise or Create Your Family Disaster Plan During National Pet Preparedness Month
While summer brings gorgeous sunny days at the park and fun at the lake with your favorite canine, it’s also the season of wildfires, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flooding. Since June is National Pet Preparedness Month, it’s a good time to plan or update an emergency or natural disaster plan for you and your pets. The following are some helpful tips to get started.
ID your pets. In the chaos during and following an emergency or natural disaster, it’s often easy to get separated from your beloved pets. Current microchip records and ID tags drastically increase the chances of a successful reunion. Make sure ID tags are easy to read, and include your address and phone number. It may be helpful to include urgent information, such as any medications or behavioral issues. [Read more…] about June Is National Pet Preparedness Month
To Chip Or Not To Chip Your Pet?
The month of May is National Chip Your Pet Month, and this is the time when veterinarians, shelter operators, and pet professionals encourage pet owners to consider the benefits of microchipping their pets. Here are some of the things to consider: [Read more…] about May is National Chip Your Pet Month