Technology can make our lives easier, but electrical cords can be a hazard to our pets. Check out these tips to keep your pets from chewing something they shouldn’t.
Here are some more safety tips from the folks at Dogtime:
• Protect wiring with tough plastic cable covers, aluminum foil tape or double-sided tape.
• When not using them, place electronics well out of a pet’s reach.
• Use a tough protective cover on outlets.
• Never place gadgets near your coffee cup or other liquids.
The holiday season can be a dangerous time for pets. In fact, we’ve found that claims for chocolate and candy ingestions spike around this time of year. Check out this handy, printable pet-proofing infographic to help keep your pets safe during this hectic time of year.
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In addition to keeping your pet away from harmful treats, like chocolate and candy containing xylitol, here are a few more safety tips from our friends at the ASPCA®:
• Be careful your pet doesn't scoot out when you answer the door for trick-or-treaters. You may want to keep him or her in a separate room during peak hours.
• Consider using battery powered "candles" to light up your jack-o-lanterns. Curious pets can get burned or knock real candles over and start a fire.
• Pumpkins are considered non-toxic, but they can still cause tummy upset if your pet takes a bite. Keep them safely out of pet's reach.
Read more safety tips on our website.
In honor of National Animal Safety and Prevention Month, we offered pointers for dealing with a found pet in our October Pet Matters newsletter. But what if you’ve gotten the pet safely into your home or at a shelter, but the pet parents can’t be found?
Here are a few suggestions to get the word out:
• Paper the town. Hang up flyers at nearby businesses, like grocery stores and pharmacies. Be sure to ask permission from the owners first.
• Cast a social net. Post a photo and description of the pet on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to spread the word.
• Place an ad. Put an ad in your local print or online newspapers. Some publications may run the ad at no cost to you.
If you still can’t find the pet parents and are interested in keeping the pet, talk to your local shelter or humane association for information on the laws and process in your area.
Vet visits can be stressful for cats, especially if they're not used to leaving the comforts of home. These tips can help make the next visit easier for your kitty.
• Get your cat used to the carrier by leaving it open in your house.
• Take your cat for rides in the carrier to other places besides the vet.
• Bring along your cat's favorite treats, toys and blanket.
• Reward good behavior at the vet with praise, treats and petting.
• Stay calm during the exam to encourage the same from your cat.
If your cat (or dog) has an extreme dislike of veterinary visits, talk to your vet about techniques that might make future visits more relaxing.
We just can't get enough of adorable pet pictures - but who can?
Taking photos of our furry friends can be just as fun as looking at them, and these tips can help you snap a perfect moment in time.
Some dogs get the treat of a car ride most days, while others may only ride along for special trips to the veterinarian or park. Regardless of how often your pup gets to ride shotgun, Dog Care Journey has some important tips you should read before hitting the road.
If you’re planning an extended journey with your dog, our friends at the ASPCA® have a great checklist available with all sorts of travel tips. They also have information available if your furry friend is afraid of riding in cars.
What’s the first thing you should do before petting a dog you don’t know? If you answered, “Ask the pet parent for permission,” then you are correct!
While some dogs seem to want to jump straight into your arms, not all pups are that sociable. PawNation offer these tips about petting a dog you don’t know, which can help keep both you and the dog safe.
Also, if you have a dog who seems timid or afraid of people, our friends at the ASPCA® have some great information about what might cause this behavior and how to treat it.
Following up our post about dogs and snoring, we thought we’d discuss cats who saw logs in their sleep.
According to VetInfo, cats sometimes snore as they experience different levels of sleep just like humans. But some causes of snoring may signal another health problem and require veterinary care.
If you have questions about your feline’s snoring, it’s best to check with your veterinarian to make sure everything’s OK.
Some common causes of cat snoring, according to Pets4Home, include:
• Allergies to spores, pollen or other triggers of sensitivity
• Normal coughs, colds and snuffles
• An upper respiratory tract infection
• A foreign body lodged in the back of the throat, such as a blade of grass, a polyp or tumor growing within the nasal passages or throat
• Feline asthma, or a narrowing of the airways of the lungs that can cause snoring and other respiratory symptoms
• Feline obesity, leading to a partial obstruction of the airways when your cat is asleep
It’s difficult to think about, but who would take care of your pet if something happened to you?
Choosing to leave funds for the care of your pet after you pass is a personal decision. You can put your pet in your will or set funds aside for the person you have chosen to care for your furry companion.
Our friends at the ASPCA® have some helpful advice you should keep in mind when making your decision.