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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is two days out and many people are already thinking about the Christmas decorations!  Keep your pet’s health and safety in mind as the holiday dinners, lights and fun get underway with these tips from the ASPCA:

Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

O 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.

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Five Fire Safety Tips for People with Pets

With winter setting in, there have been several stories in the local news about fires starting in homes due things such as heaters having problems and people trying to thaw frozen pipes.  It made us think this is a good time to bring up fire safety tips for pet owners.  Here’s some good info from the ASPCA:

We shudder to think about it. But according to the National Fire Protection Association, each year more than 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets. Please take a minute to pet proof your home against potential fire hazards—it could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.

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Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

Good information to think about as November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!  From the ASPCA:

1. What You See Is What You Get

Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge that instant love connection that will last a lifetime. If you’re not so into surprises, an older dog is for you!

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Halloween Treats for Pets!

From the ASPCA Blog:

Every pet parent knows that dogs and cats can’t have chocolate—and, really, they shouldn’t eat candy of any kind. But with Halloween right around the corner, we don’t want our animal companions to miss out on the fun! Check out these easy treats for your pets.

Halloween Cat Cookie
Your kitties will love the fishy flavor of these tasty treats.

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Cute new spot from the ASPCA!

High-Rise Syndrome: Don’t Let Your Cat Fall Victim!

Good info from the ASPCA:

Cats may not really have nine lives, but they do usually land on their feet. It’s a smart skill they’ve evolved from eons of clambering through trees to dodge predators and hunt for food. But this innate habit makes for some serious worry in the urban world.

When summer comes around, many pet parents are eagerly opening their windows to enjoy the weather. Unfortunately, they are also unknowingly putting their pets at risk. Pet parents residing in tall buildings often allow their cats to sun themselves in open windows and on fire escapes, unaware that their felines’ prey drive may lead them to pounce on moving birds or insects.

Unscreened windows pose a real danger to cats, who fall out of them so often that the veterinary profession has a name for the complaint—High-Rise Syndrome. While it may sound a bit like urban legend, High-Rise Syndrome is actually a serious problem for cats in the city. During the warmer months, veterinarians at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital see approximately three to five cases a week. Falls can result in shattered jaws, punctured lungs, broken limbs and pelvises—and even death.

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Training Your Dog: Why Should You Do It?

Some good training infor from the ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist:

Many people can’t imagine life without dogs. We admire and adore them for their loyalty, unconditional affection, playful exuberance and zest for life. Nevertheless, dogs and people are very different animals. Although officially “man’s best friend,” dogs have some innocent but irksome tendencies—like jumping up to greet, barking, digging and chewing—that can make it downright difficult to live with them! To make the most of your relationship with your dog, you need to teach her some important skills that will help her live harmoniously in a human household.

Learning how to train your dog will improve your life and hers, enhance the bond between you, and ensure her safety—and it can be a lot of fun. Dogs are usually eager to learn, and the key to success is good communication. Your dog needs to understand how you’d like her to behave and why it’s in her best interest to comply with your wishes.

How Should You Do It?

If you ask around, you’ll get all kinds of advice about training your dog. Some people will tell you that the key is to use a “firm hand”—to make sure your dog doesn’t think she can get away with naughty behavior. Some people argue that you should only use rewards in dog training and avoid punishing your dog in any way. Some people insist that all you have to do is “be the alpha dog,” assert your status as the dominant leader of your “pack.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the glut of differing opinions out there.

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Ear Care

Good info from the ASPCA:

Although a dog’s ears need to be regularly monitored for his entire life, a little basic maintenance is generally all that’s required to keep them clean and healthy.

Canine Anatomy

Because of the twisty, curvy design of a dog’s inner ears, it’s easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in them. This also means that any debris in the canal must work its way up to escape. Infections can result from trapped debris. Dogs with allergies are particularly vulnerable, as are those with floppy ears, like Cocker spaniels, basset hounds and poodles.

Routine Care

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Dirty Dog? Dr. Z Helps You Clean Him Up!

From the ASPCA News Alert:

While some dogs light up at the mention of bath time, many others would rather do just about anything than receive a good scrubbing—and plenty of pet parents put off bathing their dogs because they think the process is more complicated than it really is.

If canine cleansing is a source of stress in your household, you’ll want to read the “7-Minute Solution” column in this Sunday’s Parade magazine: It’s a concise how-to on bathing your dog penned by ASPCA Science Advisor Dr. Stephen Zawistowski (we just call him Dr. Z, and you can too!).

Here’s a sneak peek at tips one and three:

  • Do a Trial Run: It’s a good idea to “practice” a few times first: Put your dog in a tub without water, give her a treat, and then take her out. This will get her comfortable with the process.
  • Brush Up: Do a quick brushing [before bathing] to remove as much loose hair as possible.

You can also see the full article on the Parade magazine’s website today to read the entire piece online. And if your pooch is particularly terrified of the tub, visit the ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist for more specific bath-time advice.

Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun: Exercises for Your Pet

From the ASPCA News Alerts:

News Alert readers know how much we love to trumpet the many benefits of adopting a dog. But did you know that your physical health can improve, too, when you share your life with a pooch? Recent studies suggest that one surefire way to get your motor running—and boost your health—is to get a canine companion who, after all, needs regular walks. Stats show dog parents walk an average of 300 minutes per week, whereas people without dogs walk only about 168 minutes.

But what if you walk till you drop and still find yourself challenged to provide enough outlets for your pet’s excess energy? Perhaps your pooch is a natural born sprinter and you’re more likely to compete in the couch potato Olympics. Never fear, ASPCA experts are here! There are a variety of ways to exercise your dog, from activities that don’t demand much energy on your part to activities that engage both of you. Our behaviorists suggest choosing activities that suit your dog’s individual personality and natural interests. Check out some more of our expert tips:

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