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Halloween Safety Pet Tips

Happy Halloween, pet lovers! This is a highly anticipated holiday for those of us with children, or who just happen to be children at heart. Unfortunately, it can be a very scary night for our dogs and cats. We want to tell you some simple steps to keep your furry friends safe while you celebrate. If you plan to open your door to trick-or-treaters throughout the night, consider keeping your pets in a separate room, away from the open door. Even if you trust your pets not to run through the door, there is still always a risk that they can become frightened or overwhelmed and run away, or even snap at a child who hasn’t been taught how to properly greet an animal. It’s always the safest option to simply avoid these interactions. It’s also a good idea to make sure all of your pets have updated, easy to read ID tags, or a registered microchip, just in case! Halloween is one of the few days each year that there is a seemingly unlimited supply of candy and treats in the home. Most of us know that ingredients like chocolate and xylitol are extremely harmful to cats and dogs, but it’s important to be vigilant to keep it far out of their reach. It does not take very much of these ingredients to severely harm a small animal. If your pet has eaten something harmful, or you suspect they may have, immediately call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 to get medical help. Make sure you have hydrogen peroxide on hand, as this is something they typically...

Pet Friendly 4th of July Tips

Happy summer, pet lovers! Many Americans love to celebrate this holiday of our independence, but many pet owners dread the anxiety and hazards that it brings for their furry friends. It’s our duty as their caretakers to make sure that they stay safe and happy amid all of the human celebrations. The most important thing to remember for pet safety during the week surrounding Independence Day, is simply to keep them indoors as much as possible, and only let dogs out in a secured yard, or on a leash with you. Holidays that typically involve fireworks tend to be the most active for animal control, due to animals being startled and running away. Even if you plan to keep them exclusively indoors, it is a good idea to have updated ID tags or registered microchips for each pet in your household, just in case they were to escape. Microchips are a much better option, because tags on collars or harnesses can easily get snagged or broken if the animal is in distress and gets snagged on something. Just be sure that it is registered with the manufacturer, and has your current contact information. If your pets have had firework anxiety in the past, the safest thing to do for them once the celebration begins, is to keep them in a small, secured area, like a bathroom or bedroom, and in a crate – if they are crate trained. This can greatly reduce the chance of them hurting themselves, or running away. Please consider leaving your pets at home if you are going to a fireworks display or large gathering....

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Summertime is coming upon us very quickly here in Florida, and while you may be dreaming of barbecues, fireworks, pool parties, and relaxation, it’s important to remember the special care your furry friends need during the warmest months of the year.   One of the most dangerous parts of summer is the heat. Did you know that dogs can get heat stroke and heat exhaustion, just like we can? As with humans, untreated heat stroke in dogs may cause serious problems like seizures, cardiac arrest, and even coma or death. Let’s talk about how you can prevent this from happening to your canine companions. You can keep your dog from getting too much heat exposure by actively watching how much he is panting. Panting is the canine coolant system – your dog can’t sweat to keep himself cool, (except from the pads of his feet) but if he is panting excessively, this can be a sign that his body temperature is too high. This is something to watch for to know when it’s time to come back inside. You can also make sure he has access to room temperature (not cold!) water at all times. Cold water, or too much water at one time, along with high body temperature and activity, can cause issues like bloat or colic in many breeds of dogs. Another way to prevent heat stroke is to save outdoor walks and playtime for the coolest parts of the day, like early morning and evening, and minimize outdoor exercise during the scorching midday hours. It may go without saying, but please NEVER leave your pets inside...

Keeping pets happy and healthy with exercise

Welcome, pet lover! Since you have made your way to our website, then you care enough about your furry friend to look for the best information available to provide your animals with a healthy and happy life! Our goal is to share the tips and tricks that we have learned to make that happen for you. Today, we are going to talk about one of the basics of pet ownership: exercise! Although our pet friends may be cute and cuddly, we can’t forget that their ancestors survived by hunting, stalking, running, and catching their prey. Those traits have been passed on to our pets too, even though we provide them with their daily meals, instead of making them catch food themselves! Cats and dogs still need to engage in these activities for optimum physical and mental health. Did you know that regular exercise and playtime are necessary for your dog to not only be healthy, but happy? Just like we humans need to get our hearts pumping, and bodies moving, dogs of every size and breed need regular activity. One of the simplest activities to ensure your pup is getting what he needs, is a brisk walk at least twice daily. The pace can always be modified to allow for an aging, or special needs dog. If your dog has more energy to burn, you can try playing fetch! Just make sure your yard is enclosed, or you go to a dog-friendly park, to keep your pup safe.   And don’t forget about the kitties! Cats need just as much playtime and mental enrichment as dogs. Some felines are...

Valentines and Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is a day for hugs and kisses, love and chocolate. We know you love your pet so give them all of that except the last one. CHOCOLATE is a no-no. Yes even that tiny little piece you think of giving them when they look at you with those lovey eyes. BEFORE YOU DO, READ THIS. Chocolate is derived from the roasted cacao nut and contains an alkaloid called theobromine.  Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines).  Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increased blood pressure. Dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, cannot metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans can; this causes the effects to be much more severe than is the case with humans.   The side effects with toxic levels of theobromine in dogs includes: diarrhea, vomiting, increased urination, muscle twitching, excessive panting, hyperactive behavior, whining, dehydration, digestive problems, seizures, and rapid heart rate.  Some of these symptoms, like the rapid heart rate, can ultimately be fatal to the dog. So how much chocolate is too much for a dog?  That depends on the size and age of the dog, as well as what type of chocolate was consumed.  The larger the dog, the more theobromine they can handle without dying.  Older dogs tend to have more problems with the side effects. The approximate amounts of theobromine per ounce of chocolate are as follows: Cocoa powder: 800 mg/oz Baker’s chocolate (unsweetened): 450 mg/oz Dark chocolate: 150 mg/oz Milk chocolate: 50 mg/oz The general rules for the amount...