Avoiding Pet Holiday Hazards – 5 Answers That Will Keep Your Pet Safe

For pets the holidays can be confusing, stressful, and downright dangerous. But the good news is they don’t have to be. The following 5 answers can help you make the holidays a happy, healthy time for you and your pet.

How can I keep guests from sneaking food to my pets?

Be direct and ask them not to give any human food. Explain that as tasty as it is for humans it can cause severe problems for your animal. If you feel that this request will have not effect play it safe rather than sorry, and put secure your pets away from the area where guest will be.

Which foods are most harmful?

Chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, macadamia nuts, candy, sugar, and foods with high salt content can all be deadly. Consult with your veterinarian about foods that are particularly hazardous for your animal, and then be vigilant about leaving any of these foods out even for a moment.

We learned this the hard way. Our Golden helped himself to a whole cheese ball while we were saying good night to my parents. We thought they had decided to take the cheese ball. When we called to ask, they said they didn’t have it.

Then we discovered tell-tale nuts from the outside of the cheese ball in the bottom of his water dish. We were lucky that he didn’t swipe the chocolate rum balls instead. Remember, it only takes a moment for tragedy to strike.

What kinds of plants can cause problems during the holidays?

Steer clear of poinsettias, holly, lilies, and mistletoe. Pine needles have the potential to puncture the intestines when swallowed. So as much as these plants symbolize the holidays for many of us, your pet’s safety should come first.

How should we handle all of the extra cords?

You can tape them down, run them behind furniture, or put them under a rug. Running wires through inexpensive plastic tubing that can be bought from the hardware store is also a great way to limit access to pets and young children.

How can we keep the tree from falling over?

Build a platform on which the tree can be placed. Make sure it is made of a material that can be drilled easily. And light-weight is also a good idea.. Use a tree holder that has flat feet. Put a bolt over each foot of the tree holder and screw it down on both sides of each of the feet. This will keep the tree steady just in in case Lassie pulls on it, Sassy jumps on it, or Rio perches on a branch.. Anchoring from the ceiling is also possible, but for those who are mechanically challenged this may not be an option.

Being vigilant about what kinds of products you bring into your is the best way to keep your pets safe. The holidays are stressful for people, and for pets as well.

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Does Your New Pet Really Need a Pedigree?

Recently, some of my acquaintances decided to add a new Birman kitty to their family.

Birman kittens usually come with a hefty price tag of several hundred dollars and, often, a waiting list for the few available each year. These drawbacks didn’t deter this family in the least. They had their hearts set on a Birman cat, no matter how much they had to pay or how long they had to wait.

As it turned out, they ended up having to travel several hundred miles to find a breeder for this particular specie, and, when they did arrive, the owner brought out, not one, but two of the most adorable little balls of fluff they had ever seen. Of course, they went home with both of them, and a huge dent in their credit card.

Nevertheless, the proud Birman owners have never regretted their decision. The tiny kittens have grown into beautiful year old cats who are a joy to the family. They are lovely to look at, amusing to watch, and so far, very healthy, lively, and affectionate.

If you aren’t in a position to spend hundreds of dollars for your new pet, I have good news for you. There are dozens of wonderful pets at your local animal shelter waiting to be adopted into homes just like yours. They may not be the breed you’ve always dreamed of owning but, I guarantee you, they are just as loving and affectionate as more expensive animals.

Tens of thousands of cats and dogs end up in animal shelters every year. Some have wandered away from home and are picked up while roaming the streets untended. Others arrive at shelters because of cruelty or neglect by an owner. Far more end up homeless because so many animals are allowed to wander and breed indiscriminately.

Make a trip to your local shelter just to see what goes on there. More and more unwanted animals arrive daily, and in comparison, very few people visit who are looking for an animal to adopt. Families seeking pets to adopt, like those seeking human children to adopt, often prefer babies, and the older ones are often passed by, even though they have just as much love and affection to give to their adoptive families as any baby ever would.

We recently adopted a 2-year old cat from our local shelter. We were amazed at the way the small staff managed to find time to speak to each animal, often reaching out to give a scratch or two behind the ears as we passed by, and to check and make sure the cages and kennels were clean and well stocked with food and water.

We were required to have our new cat, Misty, spayed before we could take her home, and paid a fee of $50 for this service. Local veterinarians take turns volunteering a couple of hours each week so that a low-cost spay and neuter clinic which also provides common shots needed by … Read More

All About Getting Ready For a Trip With Your Pet

Some people love their pet so much that they don’t want to leave them while they are going for vacations. As pets are a part of the family they cannot be left alone. Therefore pet friendly hotels provide the best option. They help in reducing our burden. The hotels have certain terms and conditions which are to be followed.

According to the survey about 25% of the people love to travel with their pets. It has become a fashion to carry your pets wherever you go. So here I will tell about all the things that are necessary to make your travel a finest experience.

Check before you travel

The first and the foremost thing is to make an inquiry about the pet friendly hotels. You must know about the location well in advance. For this you can visit the websites to get the detailed information. Once you visit the website you will get enough knowledge about the pet friendly hotels and also their rules.

Before leaving make sure that you have booked the rooms so that you don’t have to face any problems when you reach there. A confirmation is must before you travel.

Things To Do

As pets are not reliable they are prone to do some damage so you need to have some deposits in your account in case your pet does some kind of damage. Therefore it is necessary that your dog is comfortable and free from stress. Also carry the necessary things which are required for your pet. Though the pet friendly hotels provide all the necessary amenities but it is viable to carry things which are needed.

Prepare Your Pet For The Trip

It is very necessary to prepare your pet for the trip. The pets must be acquainted with journeys or else they may create problems. As some of the pets do not like traveling so it is becomes difficult to take them. Make them comfortable and feel homely. You can also arrange for an assistance dog that can take care of the pet. But still if your pet is not willing to go then it is better to leave them.

But if your pet really loves to travel then you can find many lodgings and accommodation facilities.

So these were some of the ways of how you can prepare yourself and your pet for a travel. It is very important to remember these things as they are very beneficial and useful.… Read More

Spooky Pets For Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and maybe you have an idea of what you would like to wear, but do you have a Halloween canine costume picked out for your dog yet? Yes you heard me, your dog!

There are so many ideas on costumes for pets. A dog is the best pet to dress up because like us, they don’t mind looking silly.

The possibilities are endless. When my dog Shiloh was alive (shepherd/lab mix) he used to go trick or treating with me and the kids. Of course he was in costume; he was the hit of the neighborhood.

One year he was Catdog from the cartoon of the same name.  We just found the largest size stuffed animal of a cat at a thrift store and tied it to his backside. That costume, because the show was so popular was the talk of the town for a week.

Another year we dressed Shiloh up as a nanny.  He wore an apron and a dust cap. That was a big hit and very easy to do. He looked like the dog Nanna from Peter Pan.

Now we have a Dachshund and he is so much fun to dress up. Chewy loves wearing clothes, I think it’s a Doxie thing.  He was Spider-Man one year, a costume we bought online. There are many sites for dog costumes online. It makes things very easy.

The next year I made his a costume. The party we were having was a Super hero theme so, I just sewed a piece of material to one of his sweaters with Super Sausage written on it. It was a super hit.

The possibilities are endless. If you can’t make it just order it.  The pet costumes do not cost a lot. But you can always make one. If you have a white dog put black spots on him and he is a Dalmatian. Tie a baseball cap to his head and put a jersey on him. Put a karate outfit on him and tell everyone he is taking lessons.

Whatever you do on Halloween don’t forget mans/woman’s best friend. You will have a spooktacular party and have a dog gone good time. Do it right and your dog could win the best Halloween costume award.… Read More

Shedding Pets – Ways to Reduce the Amount of Pet Hair in Your Home

If you’re like me, you love your pets but hate the pet hair they leave behind. If left unchecked for any length of time, pet hair can get everywhere in your home. You can find it in every corner of the house, even if you keep your pet restricted to one area. It gets in your bed, on your cloths, in your food, it can even clog you furnace filter.

Today I am going to share with you how I dramatically reduced the amount of pet hair in my house. And let me tell you, with three dogs and two cats living in my house, I really needed to find the fastest and easiest way to cut down on the pet hair.

First give your pet a good bath with a mild soap. You can find inexpensive pet shampoo at any pet store or large grocery chains will have it in the pet department. Depending on the pet, one bath a month is good for most indoor dogs and cats. And yes even a cat should have a bath once in a while.

First off, it really helps if you find at least one day a week where you can spend maybe 15 to 20 minutes with each pet. I try to do this twice a week with each pet on different days. (that’s only because I have so many shedding pets.) Brush them! But I don’t use any old brush. I use what is called a “furminator”. This brush looks more like a steel comb, specially designed to pull out the undercoat. (The undercoat can account for nearly 90% of a pets shedding)

If you can, brush your dog outside and have something nearby to put the fur into. If you use the furminator you will be floored by how much fur and undercoat you will remove. I brushed our short haired beagle and completely filled a plastic grocery bag! I also used the same brush on my two cats and filled another small grocery bag!

Stay on schedule with a good brushing at least once a week and you will cut down on the amount of pet hair and dander in your home by at least 80%.… Read More