These tips can help your pet have a happy Halloween without a scary accident:
1. Spooky Lighting– Make jack-o’-lanterns glow with battery lights, not candles, to prevent accidents.
2. No Quick Tricks– Watch that your pet doesn’t scoot out the door when you open it for trick-or-treaters.
3. Ghoulish Treats– Keep chocolate, candy with Xylitol and other toxic foods out of paw’s reach.
Learn more about why chocolate is so dangerous for your pet.
We cover fearless because we know how daring pets can be. Kai is one such brave buddy.
“Kai was the most terrified little dog when we adopted her. She wouldn't do anything but sit in the corner and shake. She wouldn't take food from you, look at you and she definitely wouldn't let you touch her. When we first met her at the adoption event, she not only peed on my husband when the lady took her out of her crate and handed her to him, but on herself as well. 3 years later, she is doing amazing. She is so sweet, smart, fun and excitable. She'll do just about anything. This photo is us paddleboarding for the first time!" –Christie C.
See more fearless pets and share your courageous companion’s story with us here!
Do you know what to do if your pet has an accident? These tips can help you be better prepared.
Set a plan – Ask your vet about an emergency protocol, especially if your clinic isn’t available 24/7.
Make a kit – Have a pet first-aid kit ready with gauze, non-stick bandage pads and tape, saline eye flush and other useful items.
Be careful – Handle an injured pet with caution. Even the sweetest dog or cat can act out when hurt. And try to stay calm, so you can think clearly and avoid upsetting your pet even more.
For more advice on what to do in an emergency, visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.
Are you prepared for a fire emergency? Here are a few tips to help get you ready.
Watch those flames – Always keep an eye on your pet around open flames, like candles, fireplace and fire pits.
Pet proof your home – Address issues, like unsecured electrical wires, that can sometimes cause pets to inadvertently start a fire.
Have an exit plan – Hang a collar and leash near both the front and back doors in case you need to evacuate quickly.
You should also affix a pet rescue alert sticker where it can be seen by emergency responders, so they’ll be aware of any pets in your home.
Get one free through the ASPCA®’s website.
For more pet safety tips, visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.
Want to make a special treat for your dog? Whip up some Apple + Carrot Treats. They’re simple to make and healthy for your best friend.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup grated carrots
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1. Mix it all together and roll dough into small balls.
2. Press down gently to make treats about ¼-inch thick.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Let them cool down and then let your pup have at ‘em! If you have a tasty recipe your dog or cat laps up, share it with us on Facebook.
With Dog Deaf Awareness Week this month (9/21-27) , it’s a great time to check on your dog’s hearing. Signs of hearing loss can include:
1. Turning the wrong way when called
2. Not responding to commands
3. Excessive barking or head shaking
4. Discharge from the ears
5. Pawing at the ears
If you suspect your dog is having problems hearing, contact your veterinarian. And don’t miss these tips to prevent and treat dog deafness.
We previously covered 5 signs your dog might have a hearing issue, and here’s more on the causes, treatments and prevention of dog deafness.
What causes dog deafness?
Hearing issues can be caused temporarily by wax buildup or other obstructions in the ear canal. Injuries, ear infections and other illnesses can result in permanent deafness.
Which dogs are more prone to deafness?
Some breeds, like Poodles, have narrow ear canals that make them more susceptible to wax buildup. Breeds with furry ears, such as Cocker Spaniels, can be more likely suffer from hair and wax blockages. Deafness can also be an inherited problem, which is common in Dalmatians.
How can it be treated?
If your dog’s deafness is caused by wax or hair buildup, your veterinarian should be able to clean the ears and restore hearing. Ear infections can be treated with medication. Permanent hearing loss can’t be reversed, but deaf dogs can learn to respond to hand signals and have good quality of life.
How can I prevent it?
You can help avoid hair and wax blockages by keeping the fur around your dog’s ears trimmed and clean. Be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect an ear infection. You should also take your dog to the veterinarian annually for a full wellness exam, including an ear check-up.
Yearly exams are covered by our wellness options. Get a free quote or view your plan details.
These cold treats are the perfect way to cool off and entertain your pet on a hot day. Not to mention they are easy to make!
For dogs: Pour low-sodium chicken broth into a plastic bowl and add a small cube of cheese. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and freeze it.
For cats: Put a scoop of your feline’s favorite we food (the wetter the better!) into a plastic bowl. Mix in a few soft cat treats, cover and freeze.
After the treat is frozen, run a little hot water over the bottom of the bowl to slide the treat out. Then offer it to your pet to enjoy!
A picture is worth a thousand words already, so why add more?
Many pets will eat anything—except their medications. Our friends at the ASPCA® have some tips for what to try if all else fails. Here are some tricks to try first.
How to give your pet a pill:
• Get Chewable- If possible, get your pet’s medications in flavored, chewable form.
• Mix It Up- If your pet is an energetic eater, try mixing the meds in with his or her kibble.
• Try a Disguise- Hide the pill in a soft treat, chunk of hot dog or cheese cube and offer it to your pet.
• Use Bait-and-Switch- If your pet chews her treats instead of swallowing them whole, give her a few non-medicated treats first, then give one with a pill followed by one last pill-free snack.