Many owners like taking their dogs on walks to enjoy the warm summer weather with them, but many of them forget about one important detail: hot pavement can and will burn a dog’s paws. It can be tempting to take your dog everywhere you go, but it can cause serious harm to your dog if you are not careful. Remember that if asphalt and cement can get hot enough to cook an egg during the summer or if it feels way too hot for you to leave your hands comfortably on the ground for at least 10 seconds, it can result in nasty burns on your dog’s paw pads. This is especially true if you have a new puppy with tender young paws.
So what can be done to protect your dog’s paws? Here are 10 tips to keep your dog or puppy from getting burned this summer.
1. Walk Your Dog When It’s Cool
This is probably an obvious tip but one that folks sometimes don’t consider enough. It’s a great idea to take your dog out on daily walks, but be mindful of when and where you walk him. The best time to walk your dog is in the morning or late evening, when the pavement is cool. Avoid walking your dog in the afternoon when the sun is high in the sky or early evening, because the pavement will be hot.
2. Toughen Your Dog’s Paws
When it’s time to walk your dog, it can actually be a good idea to stick to the pavement during the cool times of the day. While the pavement is cool, it won’t burn your dog’s paws, and it will also help to toughen them up. This will help to prevent any potential burns that could come later on.
3. Stay On The Grass
If you end up taking your dog out during the warmer times of the day, be sure to stay on the grass and stick to shady areas. Stay away from sidewalks or any paved areas to avoid burning. A shady park can be a great place to take your dog on a warm afternoon.
Consider moisturizing your dog’s feet daily to help prevent injuries like cuts, cracking, or peeling of the paws. Minor injuries like this can make your dog’s paws more susceptible to burns and other serious problems. Moisturizing paw pad creams like Cain & Able Moisturizing Paw Rub can work wonders.
5. Use Paw Wax
Paw wax can easily be smeared onto your dog’s paw pads to protect them from harmful surfaces. Paw wax is designed to protect your dog’s feet from hot surfaces and potentially harmful chemicals like road salts. Try Musher’s Secret Paw Wax if you go out with your dog frequently . It’s my favorite solution for keeping my dog comfortable whenever I need to take my dog out under tough road conditions. It’s a great solution for anytime your dog needs some extra paw protection. You can see a product review video for Musher’s Secret at the end of our article. (If you need something right away, you can try some Vaseline. It is not nearly as good but better than nothing.)
6. Try Dog Shoes
Dog shoes are one of the best ways to protect your dog’s paws from heat and potential injuries if your dog will wear them. If this seems like the right solution for your dog, be sure to buy shoes like Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boot or My Busy Dog Shoes that have rubber soles to offer the best protection. Be aware that not all dogs can get used to dog shoes, and some might have a hard time walking in them. There will definitely be an adjustment period for your dog with dog shoes. If you can get your dog used to using them, nothing else offers better protection.
7. Consider Disposable Dog Booties
Disposable dog booties are a great short-term fix for the summer heat. Dog booties like Pawz Disposable Booties can provide good protection from the heat, and are a great temporary solution if you need to take your dog out on a hot day and your dog is willing to wear them.
8. See If Peel And Stick Pads Can Work
Peel and stick felt pads are a quick solution to minimize the dangers of hot pavement. They’re easy to stick onto the pads of your dog’s feet and they help protect against potential burns and injuries. They can even reduce the risks of your dog slipping on slick surfaces. (Yes, I am talking about the felt pads you find in the home improvement stores like these.) Just buy or cut them to the size you need and paste them on your dog’s paws.
And even better alternative to the felt pads may be silicone scar pads or tape. They are so easy to put on and they can be cut to the perfect size for paws. They can be reused and they do well and stay on in wet conditions. They are so thin, flexible and durable that your dogs should not have any problems wearing them unlike many other things you put on their paws. Silcone scar sheets can be a terrific option for your dog’s paws. I’ve tried and liked the Scar Away Sheets but there are less expensive ones also available here. Just be careful on smooth floors as they can be a little slippery depending on which of the tapes you get.
9. Grab Some Socks For His Paws
Socks are a decent last minute solution if you need to take your dog onto the hot pavement. Like dog shoes, not every dog will tolerate wearing socks. You can just take a pair of your old socks or little baby socks and see if they will work. Or you can buy these ridiculously cute dog socks. (These are for indoors, but these adorable dog socks are so cute too). You should be watchful when putting socks on your dog’s feet, as some dogs will be tempted to chew them.
10. Wash And Check His Paws Carefully
Be sure to check your dog’s paw pads daily for any signs of damage and wash his paws frequently. If you do happen to see a problem, or if your dog is acting strangely on his feet, be sure to have him taken to the vet to see how bad the injury is. If you wash and moisturize his paws at the same time you check his paws, you’re doing three things to help protect your dog’s paws at once. Saving time…and saving paws!
Here’s a great reminder chart from the Humane Society of when it can be too hot for your dog’s feet.
As the weather warms and vacation season unfolds, many will be planning more frequent outdoor excursions and even perhaps more long-term getaways. Of course, pet owners are no different, and research shows that pet owners frequently opt to take their pets along as travel companions rather than leaving them at home. According to a survey conducted by the travel application TripIt, 87 percent of respondents would love to travel with their pets and are often looking for ways to make such trips plausible. Pet retailers and manufacturers alike have an opportunity to present pet owners with convenient and safe solutions for all of their travel needs.
Companion Care on the Go
An increased focus on fitness and health has been a strong human lifestyle trend as of late, and the premiumization of food and other products both in human and animal sectors has been underway for some time. According to a report produced by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, changes in the frequency with which Americans participate in outdoor recreational activities were apparent in 2010.
“Our research shows that not only are more Americans participating in outdoor recreation, the number of times they participated in many of the outdoor activities surveyed has grown,” said Ken Cordell, author and lead researcher for the study.
Data showed that a certain category of outdoor activity in particular has seen increased popularity—namely, nature photography and viewing and appreciating the natural world, in general. For individuals who yearn for fresh air and warm sun in the company of their pets, pet products designed for easy travel are essential.
Yummy Travel Bowls from Sleepypod provide pet owners newfound convenience in pet travel with its three-in-one design for storing, transporting and serving pet food and water simultaneously. Water and wet or dry pet food can be transported and served without worry about mixing or spilling. The bowl is baby-safe, FDA food grade and made from BPA-free silicone that is freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe.
“Sleepypod is transforming conventional pet products into versatile, multi-purpose products that are stylish at the same time,” says Michael Leung, Sleepypod’s lead product designer and co-founder. “Pet owners are traveling more often with their pets and they require streamlined products that go from home to destination, whether it’s the hotel room or the office, with minimal fuss and effort. Yummy Travel Bowls are a natural evolution of Sleepypod’s pet travel product line. Much like our Sleepypod mobile pet bed or Sleepypod Air pet carrier, we’ve taken a single purpose item and turned it into a multi-purpose product.”
The Petmate Travel Bowl Duo is a two-piece collapsible bowl set that allows pet owners to travel with their companions without sacrificing space. It is made from durable, dishwasher-safe silicone and is easy to clean. Similarly, Kurgo’s Collaps-a-Bowl is just about an inch thick when collapsed, allowing easy storage in a backpack or vehicle. It holds up to 24 ounces of fluid and is made of BPA-free, dishwasher-safe material.
The SturdiBox is waterproof and durable, built for home and travel use. It is foldable, portable and lightweight, and holds up to a half-gallon of liquid. Just a few of the hundreds of potential uses for pets include litter, food and water transportation.
While bringing pets on nature hikes or road trips may seem relatively simple, the number of items essential to care for a pet on the go is easy to overlook. Such additional items to carry can make travel with pets bothersome.
Combatting this issue is the Baxter Dog Backpack from Kurgo, which is lightweight and provides a custom fit to dogs of any size with eight different adjustable points and two bag sizes available. A rear-mounted leash hook allows the backpack to act as a harness and the ergonomic padded design provides weight distribution for the backpack’s two saddlebags. Pet owners can easily transport food, treats, toy, first-aid supplies and travel bowls with added safety provided by a large handle in case dogs must be guided over environmental obstacles or extracted from water.
“Kurgo is dedicated to creating innovative, stylish and high-quality pet travel products that allow families and pets to experience adventures together, wherever life takes them,” said Gordie Spater, chief business officer of Kurgo. “Whether it’s an outdoor excursion or running errands in town, Kurgo’s extensive travel and outdoor line offers a diverse selection of products to encourage pets and people to go together.”
For pet owners who plan to take their furry friends along on their trips to the lake or beach this summer, safety is of the utmost importance. While many dogs have an instinctive knowledge to paddle in water, it is important to take safety precautions when near bodies of water.
“Our AKC Pet flotation vest is designed to protect your pet with comfort and style,” said Debbie Viney, an account executive with BH Pet Gear, manufacturer of AKC products. “Adjustable straps and the construction allows for a comfortably snug fit. Reflective straps make your pet easy to see in the water. The flotation vest is designed to prevent your pet from rolling and sinking underwater.”
According to AKC, makers of the pet flotation vests, most dogs sink when they are submerged despite a seemingly instinctive ability to paddle once in a body of water. Because of this, pet owners underestimate the danger of trips even to a pool and are urged to be prepared with a life vest.
“Not all pets are natural swimmers, so it’s best to avoid risk with the protection of the AKC flotation vest,” Viney said. “We designed this flotation vest with the high standards that you would expect from the AKC brand. BH Pet Gear’s mission is to make quality, stylish products to consumers at an affordable price.”
Another option is Kurgo’s Surf-N-Turf Dog Life Jacket. It comfortably fits active dogs with a removable flotation layer that can double as a raincoat. Metal rings allow for leash attachments, two transverse handles help owners control or extract pets from water, and the jacket’s reflective trim provides added visibility at all times.
A Leg up on Car Travel
Many animals need help getting in and out of vehicles, particularly small breeds that research shows are becoming more popular among American households. Attachable ramps and step sets are an easy solution.
“Ramps are a great way to get dogs in and out of the back of an SUV, but they can be a little difficult to deploy and store,” said Patrick Hoffman, president of Solvit Products. “The PupSTEP HitchSTEP is an easy solution to this problem. Simply slide it into a hitch receiver and you instantly have a two-step stair that conveniently folds up and out of the way when not in use.”
Tested to hold up to 200 pounds, the PupSTEP HitchSTEP is a steel construction step attachment that allows pets easier access to vehicles. Its two wide steps allow dogs to climb in and out of cars and is adjustable for vehicles of varying sizes. Weighing less than 20 pounds, the apparatus folds up and out of the way without inhibiting vehicle lift gates or can be stored in a vehicle after the steps are removed.
Once inside the vehicle, pets often create wear and tear on car interiors. To combat this issue, there is Solvit’s latest product: the Car Cuddler.
“Traveling with dogs can be great fun for everyone, but it can be a little rough on a car’s interior,” Hoffman said. “The Car Cuddler solves this problem by covering the car seat while it also provides dogs with a bolstered plush bed on which they can relax and nap.”
Both a seat cover and pet bed, the Car Cuddler protects car seats from pet hair and dirty paws and is held firmly in place by multiple connection points. When paired with the Solvit Deluxe Vehicle Safety Harness, pets are kept safe while traveling in comfort.
In fact, Solvit offers several products that make traveling with pets a comfortable, safe and worry-free experience. For example, the Premium Seat Cover is designed to protect the seat and seat back of a bench seat from pet hair and stains with new Smart Fit construction that allows a snugger fit. The Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover is a quilted cover that stretches from the front seat headrest to the back seat headrest to protect the entire rear floor and seat of a vehicle.
“A car or an SUV is a big investment that should be protected,” Hoffman said. “If you enjoy traveling with your dog but want to protect that investment then you definitely should consider one of these seat covers.”
The Heather Pattern Bench Seat Cover from Kurgo protects cars’ interiors with its waterproof, stain resistant and machine washable material that stays in place with front and rear attachments. It also provides extra storage room with two large pockets.
“Most recently, we’ve launched some fresh new styles in our car seat protection line, specifically the Heather Collection,” Spater said. “We are constantly upping our game in car safety protection, and are thrilled to have recently launched the Impact Harness that is tested for dogs up to 130 pounds.
Petmate’s Ultimate Travel Harness provides safety and comfort during travel with its plush comfort chest padding. The Metal seat belt clip is adjustable and connects to vehicles’ seat belt systems to keep pets fastened to the back seat of their owners’ cars. The company’s Booster Seats give pets the ability to see out of the windows of a vehicle while keeping them safe and secure during rides. The booster seat includes headrest and seat anchors, adjustable tether and metal supports.
“Our award winning pet travel line was developed with Petmate’s 50-plus years of experience traveling thousands of miles with pets,” said Patricia McCune, senior product manager of soft goods at Petmate. “The diverse line demonstrates our commitment to innovation with a visionary, creative-yet-practical approach to pet product manufacturing.”
Safety and Shelter
For overnight trips or destination lounging, portable shelters may provide pets with a shady place to relax after a long drive, protection from the elements or somewhere to sleep.
The Petmate Zip N Go Pet Bed easily folds up, zips closed and can be carried by its durable handle straps. The bed includes external pockets for additional storage space and a microfiber exterior and soft fleece interior for durability and comfort.
The See and Extend Carrier from Petmate includes an extra side vestibule and nine inches of extra space, allowing pets to relax once a destination has been reached. Pet owners can store toys and treats in the carrier’s side pockets and the coated mesh construction provides both safety and comfort. Pets can easily access the carrier through its top and side and are kept secure in the car seat by exterior seat belt loops.
Produced by Sturdi Products, the Single Car-Go makes it convenient for pet owners to bring their pet’s home on the road. Designed to fit in the backseat of most cars and SUVs, the Single Car-Go pops open once removed from its case and shaken, making it useful in hotels as well. Pets enter through the double zippered front door or a smaller side door entry that can be used with a Large SturdiBag for extra room. Interior rings are available for an optional hammock or pet toys and the Car-Go includes a built in storage pocket and clear vinyl water bottle pocket with grommet for a spout.
“More and more pet owners are taking their animal companions along with them when they travel, and the resources available for finding pet-friendly places to stay, eat and play are growing,” said Penny Johnson, CEO of Sturdi Products. “At Sturdi Products, we feel designing unique, attractive, durable and adaptable products are essential for safe, comfortable and happy travels for both pet and pet owner. As more pet families are hitting the road with pets—dogs and cats—it’s our mission to continue to create the best travel products and accessories available.”
Bringing your dog with you while you run errands can be quite fun. But during summer, it can be a daunting task as the temperature begins to rise. The summer months can be quite harsh, especially on your pets. That’s why it is important to keep the car ventilated and your dog hydrated as to avoid heat exhaustion. These five alternatives can help to keep your pup safe during the hot months.
For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come along. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your pets. If you’re planning to take a trip with pets in tow, we have some tips to help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for everyone.
Remember, no matter where you’re headed or how you plan to get there, make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.
Traveling by plane?
Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat, it’s best to avoid air travel with your pets. If you must bring your pet along on the flight, here are a few suggestions to keep your pet safe while flying the friendly skies.
Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel during a layover.
Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup. Prior to your trip, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of your departure. Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended as it could hamper his or her breathing, so use this time to check with your veterinarian for ways to relax your pet if you suspect he or she may become afraid, anxious or uncomfortable mid-flight. For travel outside of the continental United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for more information.
Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably, and lined with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels—to absorb accidents. Prior to your trip, tape a small pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he or she gets hungry during a layover. The night before you leave, freeze a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading and will melt by the time he or she is thirsty. Make sure the crate door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency.
Make sure your pet’s crate has proper identification. Mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet.
Tell every airline employee you encounter—on the ground and in the air—that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they’ll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed. If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible. In certain situations, removing the animal from the cargo hold and deplaning may be warranted.
Taking a Road Trip?
Traveling with a pet by car involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few car travel safety tips to help you prepare for a smooth and safe trip.
Prep your pet for a long trip. Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record. While this generally isn’t a problem, some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.
Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier.The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.
Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
Spring is upon us and it’s time for you and your pup to enjoy the warmer weather. But there are some important things to remember to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. These 8 safety tips ensure that Spring doesn’t put a damper on your fun!
1. Save the Sticks
Sticks — now readily available after the winter thaw — can cause choking and severe injuries in dog’s mouths and throats. So if your dog likes to chew and chase, pack a Frisbee, tennis ball or other toy instead.
2. Keep Fido Away from New Plants
Many dogs like to eat grass, but if your dog likes to chew on other plants, now’s the time to get out your plant guide. Some native plants can cause vomiting, diarrhea or even death, so before you let your pooch chomp down on those leafy greens, check out this guide to toxic and non-toxic plants.
3. Use Pet-Friendly Products for Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is the perfect occasion to review your cleaning product’s pet-friendliness. If the bottles do not say their contents are dog-safe, it’s best to keep these products where your dog can’t get them. If your dog does ingest a household cleaner, the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association recommends you, “do not call a human poison control center; they do not have any information on pets. Instead, contact your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline (888-426-4435) for accurate information.”
4. Watch Your Dog for Signs of Seasonal Allergies
Some dogs develop allergies to common seasonal plants, like ragweed. But, unlike people, these allergies usually present as skin problems in dogs, according to Dr. Stephanie Janeczko D.V.M. in How Do I Know if My Dog Has Allergies?
“Because dogs with atopy [inhaled allergies] are frequently allergic to pollens and grasses, they often have a seasonality to their symptoms but can show signs all year long if they are allergic to something that is always in the environment (such as dust mites),” says Dr. Janeczko.
5. Hide the Antifreeze
Cars use antifreeze year-round, so you always need to stay vigilant to keep your pup safe. Many dogs like the taste of antifreeze because it’s sweet, but it’s also deadly. Contact your vet immediately if you suspect your dog’s been exposed.
6. Start Flea and Tick Prevention Early
The American Heartworm Association now recommends keeping dogs on year-round flea and tick preventatives to guard against heartworm disease. If your dog is not already on a preventative regimen, now is the time to start.
7. Prevent Dog-Park Bullying By Knowing the Signs
As the weather gets warmer, you may be bringing your dog to the dog park more often. Make sure it’s a safe and fun time for all by knowing the symptoms of bullying and how to deal with them.
8. Keep Artificial Sweeteners Away from Your Dog
Springtime and Easter go hand in hand and that means plenty of chocolate and other dangerous dog treats. Keep your pup safe as you celebrate spring by keeping all sweets, candies and gum away from your dog. While many people know about the dangers of chocolate, only a small amount of the common artificial sweetener xylitol can be deadly.
Being a responsible doggy parent takes a great deal of commitment – and often times a great deal of expense. Not only does your furry best friend require your time and attention, he or she also needs regular veterinary care. Caring for a dog isn’t just about putting out food and providing shelter – it’s usually a 10 to 20 year commitment that includes vaccinations, medications, and other expenses, especially as your pup reaches her senior years.
Fortunately, there are simple preventative measures you can take that help cut your costly vet expenses, without sacrificing your dog’s well-being. In fact, by following these tips, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll help your dog live a healthier and happier life! You see, preventative care is the best way to keep your dog healthy as she ages.
1. Spay or Neuter Your Dog
Besides preventing unwanted litters of puppies, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer in female dogs and keeps them from going into heat. Neutering prevents testicular cancer in male dogs and curbs their desire to escape and roam away from home. Altered pets tend to be much better behaved animals, too.
So how does spaying or neutering save money on vet bills? Well the cost of this surgery is far less than the cost of raising litters of puppies and the cost of treating medical conditions like infections, cancers, or even injuries that may arise from unaltered dogs who escape their yards. Save even more money by searching for low-cost spay/neuter clinics in your area!
2. Stay Current on Vaccines and Other Preventatives
If you stay on top of vaccines and parasite prevention, you’re much less likely to incur vet expenses down the road from illnesses that are easily preventable!
You shouldn’t wait for your dog to become infested with parasites. Instead, use flea and tick preventatives and, if you’re in an area of the country where mosquitos are a concern, use heartworm preventative, too. Call the animal control organization in your area or your veterinarian to inquire about low-cost vaccination options.
3. Practice Good Hygiene
Believe it or not, grooming and cleanliness can prevent infection. Start trimming your dog’s nails on a regular basis when he’s a puppy. Get a great pair of nail trimmers and get him used to having his paws handled at a young age so that the process is easy for both of you. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly or use dental cleaning water or food additives to keep your pup from developing plaque and gum disease. Use an ear cleaner or ear wipes to keep your dog’s ears clean and dry.
4. Provide and Excellent Diet and Adequate Exercise
Keep your dog at her ideal weight. More than half the dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese! Excess weight in your dog can lead to such health problems as Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, joint disorders, kidney disease, some forms of cancer, and decreased life expectancy. All of these issues can lead to costly vet bills. The best thing to do is keep your furkid at a healthy weight, and the best way to do that is through a healthy diet and daily mental and physical stimulation.
5. Dog-Proof Your House
Protect your pup from potential household hazards by taking certain precautions that could prevent costly emergency trips to the veterinarian. Store your medications in tightly closed containers. Keep chemicals like household cleaners out of her reach, make sure your dog doesn’t have access to chew on your electrical cords, and be sure you don’t have toxic plants in your home.
Remember, preventing an accident, illness, or disease is always more cost effective than treating one!
Congratulations! The holidays are over and you came away with a new furry best friend! Like a child, your pet will depend on you for everything; nourishment, medical attention, exercise, and safety. You’ll want to make sure you give them attention and the best care possible.
PET DEPOT’s New Pet Care Sheets provide information on many areas of pet care, from crate training to dietary needs and help relieve some of the responsibility of caring for a new pet. The New Pet Care Sheets provide a lot of essential information. You’ll also discover helpful information on topics that pertain to your pet’s health, grooming, and the importance of their environment on their physical and mental health.
With love, commitment and proper care, your pet will grow up safe and healthy and will enrich every aspect of your life. May you enjoy every moment that you share with your new furry best friend!
It’s crunch time for holiday shoppers and finding that perfect gift that makes a friend or family member stand up and jump for joy remains very much on the minds of many this week.
Giving the gift of a new furry, feathered, or scaled family member is a frequent choice for a real WOW-factor holiday present. That said, if a new pet is on your mind this holiday season, here are five things to consider.
1. Check with the recipient – Even at the risk of spoiling the surprise, make sure that the intended recipient wants a new pet. Check with parents that they are willing to help a child care for an animal, for instance, and ensure they are able to financially take on the responsibility.
2. Double check allergies – Confirm any allergies among all household members. No one wants to go get an allergy shot after opening what’s supposed to be an extra special gift, after all.
3. Confirm pets are allowed – Even if you know your intended recipient really wants a cat or dog, make sure they don’t live in a building or development that doesn’t allow pets.
4. Is the pet a good match? – You want to make sure you know the animal you are getting matches the lifestyle, physical limitation, ages, and personalities in the household.
5. Adopt – When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life. Adopting from a reputable animal shelter also has many practical benefits. All our adoptable animals, for example, receive spay/neuter services, vaccines, and a health and behavioral screening.
The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.
Here are some tips to ensure your holiday season is a safe one*:
1.Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
2.Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
3.Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
4.That Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
5.Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
6.House Rules: If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.
7.Put the Meds Away: Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.
8.A Room of Their Own: Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.
9.New Year’s Noise: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.