Preventing Heat Stroke

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As the temperature gets warmer we need to worry about our friends in their fur coats. Heat Stroke can be deadly for pets and while it may seem mild to you, your pet could still be at risk.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
• Panting
• Dehydration
• Excessive drooling
• Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
• Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
• Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
• Rapid heart rate
• Irregular heart beats
• sudden breathing distress
• Vomiting blood Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool
• Black, tarry stools
• Death of liver cells
• Changes in mental status
• Seizures
• Muscle tremors
• Wobbly, incoordinated or drunken gait or movement
• Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened

There are ways you can keep your pets cool on hot days:
• Keep your pet indoors on high index heat days. If you leave the house keep the AC or a fan on so it is a
comfortable temperature for your pet.
• When your pet is outside make sure they have shelter from the sun. The lower temperature in the shade can make all the difference.
• Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh and cool water to drink. Dehydration is more likely in the hot weather.
• Fill a kiddie pool with water to give your pets a nice cooling dip.
• Freeze pet friendly snacks in an ice tray, your pet will enjoy the treat!
• Limit daytime activity, walk your dog early in the morning or after the sun goes down.

How to keep your pets safe from bloodsucking pests!

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As Summer approaches we naturally want to spend more time outside. Unfortunately potentially dangerous pests like mosquitoes also like to hang out outside in the summer. Mosquitoes can cause heart worm, ticks can carry Lyme’s disease, and fleas are a nuisance as their bites itch.

These insect-vampires pose a threat to humans and animals alike.

Some of the sprays and repellents are quite toxic and can be harmful to our pets. Protecting your yard organically not only helps fight off these blood sucker but it also adds beauty, peace and harmony to your yard So how do you stay bug free without all of those harsh chemicals? Here are some tips we suggest.

 

  1. Hit em at Home

Mosquitoes lay eggs on standing water even small puddles can become a breeding ground for thousands of bloodsuckers. Go around your yard and look for any place that water gathers: uneven gutters, kiddie pools, those buckets you left behind the garage, kids toys left out in the yard.

For things like rain barrels, buy some window screen and secure it to the top to keep the mosquitoes from landing on the water. Large bird baths or garden water features should have a small pump to agitate the surface to discourage mosquitoes from landing to lay eggs.

 

  1. Plant an Anti- Mosquito Garden

Some plants  have properties that repel mosquitoes. Adding them to your garden can help deter mosquitoes from inhabiting your backyard

  • Citronella
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Balm
  • Marigolds
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Garlic
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Geranium
  1. Light it up

Citronella torches/candles are effective at keeping bugs away but only for about a four-foot radius so you’ll need enough of them to blanket the area you’re in.  Make sure to keep open flames at a safe distance from pets. Secure tiki torches so they won’t get knocked over.

Easter Pet Safety

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Easter is a great time to celebrate with family, but if you have pets, there are a few extra things you might want to think about if you want to keep them happy, healthy, and safe.

 

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Some of the typical Easter plants and flowers can be toxic for your pet.

Easter lilies are one of the most popular plants of the season, unfortunately they are also one of the most dangerous flowers you can have around your cats. Ingesting only one or two petals can be fatal to your feline friend. It can also happen when your cat grooms lily pollen off of their fur or paws. Given the high risk and the devastating consequences, the safest thing you can do is to keep these lilies out of homes with cats. The danger they pose to your cat’s health is far greater than the beauty they can add to your decorating.

Cyclamen can be bought in gardening centers and supermarkets, so they can easily end up in and around homes this time of year. Their roots contain the most poison but the flowers can be dangerous as well. Small bites may cause vomiting, drooling, and diarrhea, while eating a larger amount can result in heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, and even death.

 

Though all parts of the Amaryllis plant are toxic, the bulb, which is often exposed in these plants, is the most dangerous part for your pet. Pets that eat part of the beautiful Amaryllis plant can suffer vomiting, drooling, and abdominal pain. In some cases, they may even develop a sudden drop in blood pressure or breathing problems.

 

Avoid an Easter Basket Disaster

Candies are made for people not dogs. While it is commonly known that chocolate is a big hazard. Lesser known is the danger that sugar-free candy can pose to your pet. Many sugar-free gums and candies now contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that, though it may be beneficial for people with diabetes and a high risk of cavities, is highly toxic to dogs.

Even a small amount of xylitol can cause a steep drop in your dog’s blood sugar, leading to seizures, and possible coma or death. Xylitol can put your dog into liver failure from which they are unlikely to recover, even with intensive veterinary care. Ingestion of any candy should lead to an immediate call to your veterinarian or one of the animal- specific poison control centers.

Keep raisins, as well as grapes and currants, well away from your dogs as they can cause acute kidney failure in some dogs. Kidney failure is debilitating, expensive to treat, and often fatal.

If you have pets, stay away from Easter grass. This common filler of Easter baskets is often too tempting a ‘toy’ for pets to stay away from, particularly cats. When ingested, Easter grass has a high likelihood of causing irritation or obstruction of your pet’s intestines. Such digestive problems will likely result in a decrease in energy level and appetite, as well as vomiting and diarrhea. And while the irritation may resolve with at-home care, it just might require several days in the vet hospital, too. Any obstruction, on the other hand, will most certainly require surgery to correct. This means a stay in the hospital for your pet, and a bill typically upwards, and sometimes well upwards, of $1,000 for you.

 

The Dangers At Easter Dinner

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These high fat and high salt meats can pose a danger to your pet in large amounts. A little sneak isn’t going to be dangerous, but multiply that with a house full of people, your pup can be in for one big tummy ache.  Ask your guests to refrain from feeding your pup at the table.

Keeping your pet safe on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is a time that we all like to sweep our loved ones off their feet. However many items associated with the typical Valentine’s Day celebration can be dangerous to our four legged friends.

  • Candy 

Of all candy, chocolate is most poisonous to dogs. Many dogs are inherently attracted to the smell and taste of chocolate, making it a significant threat. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more poisonous it is. The chemicals in chocolate that are dangerous – methylxanthines – are similar to caffeine and more heavily concentrated in the darker varieties. In fact, just 2-3 ounces of Baker’s chocolate can make a 50-pound dog very sick. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, is less dangerous. It can take up to a pound of milk chocolate to cause poisoning in that same 50-pound dog. White chocolate rarely causes true chocolate poisoning because it contains very low amounts of methylxanthines; however the high fat content may result in pancreatitis. If you believe your dog has ingested chocolate contact your vet immediately.

  • Candles

Candles set a romantic tone, but left unattended your pet + open flame can equal disaster. Even if your pet is not in the room, a fire in the house can spread quickly leaving your fur babies trapped.  Make sure you are practicing safety when using candles.

  • Stuffed Animals

Your pet does not know whether it’s a toy for them or a toy for your loved one.  So keep that stuffed animal out of sight & out of reach.  A pet toy is designed with your pet’s safety in mind.

Anything with magnets can do serious damage in a dog’s intestines as well.

  •  Flowers

Flowers are a timeless Valentine’s Day gift, but certain plants can pose a risk to your pet. Here is a list of dangerous plants for dogs if ingested.

Flowers and plants that cause rashes (Dermatitis):

  • Agapanthus
  • Cactus
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Ficus
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Pothos Ivy (in small amounts)
  • Primerose
  • Schefflera
  • Sumac

Flowers and plants that cause upset stomachs (Vomiting, diarrhea, and gas):

  • Agapanthus
  • Amaryllis
  • Aste
  • Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila)
  • Boxwood
  • Cala Lily
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil (Jonquil)
  • English Ivy
  • Freesia
  • Gladiolas
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Kalanchoe
  • Peony
  • Morning Glory
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos Ivy
  • Scheifflera
  • Tulip

Flowers and plants that cause organ damage (Kidney, liver, stomach, heart, etc.):

  • Azalea (in small amounts)
  • Cardboard Palm
  • Crocus
  • Foxglove
  • Juniper

 

             **DANGER!!!!!

(This following listing of Flowers and Plants can Kill Dogs!!!)

Flowers and plants that cause death:

  • Azalea (in large amounts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Delphinium
  • Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Foxglove
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palms

 

To alleviate any jealousy from your four legged love, be sure to go and get them their own special Pet Safe Valentine’s present.

You can find some great gift ideas in our own retail section!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

 

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As temperatures begin to drop it is time to start thinking about how to keep our furry friends safe and warm.

If You’re Cold, They’re Cold!

Keep your pets indoors on cold days. Make sure they have access to warm, dry shelter during the day.

Keep the Water Bowl Full and Let the Kibble flow Like Wine

Make sure there is fresh, non frozen water for your pets. It is common for pets to want to eat more during the winter to keep that layer of fat.

Dress for the season.

Shorthaired and small dogs can get cold very quickly. Keep them warm with a high neck sweater that covers their belly. Rock salt used to melt ice can cut up your pet’s paws. Booties can help prevent this from happening.

Don’t leave them in the car!

In the winter, the car can become a refrigerator, causing your pet to freeze to death.

Let it Grow!

Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter — his coat will provide warmth. And if your dog needs a bath, dry him off completely before taking him outside on a walk.

Want to Enjoy the Winter Wonderland?

Don’t let your dog off leash. Dogs can lose their scent easily and become lost in the snow. Don’t forget to make sure your pet wears an ID tag and has a microchip with up to date info

Be cautious when you start your car.

The warm engines of parked cars are a magnet for outdoor cats and critters. Check the wheel wells and give your hood a few hard knocks to make sure whatever is in there has a chance to get out. Cats have been killed by fan belts and engine parts.

Watch Out for These Easter-Time Pet Hazards

Easter will be here soon! Planning to go away to egg hunt? Have your pup stay with us! Call to find out more about the fun treats we have to offer your pet during Easter week: (631) 243-0000.

Cat Owners: Beware the Easter Lily!

Beautiful, seasonal Easter lilies (and related plants in the lily family) are highly toxic to cats, and we mean all parts of the plant — petals, leaves, stem; even the pollen. Cats that ingest even a small amount of the plant material can suffer acute kidney failure. The first signs seen are vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death.

Fake Easter Grass

Be sure that your pet doesn’t get hold of any Easter tinsel or the the fake plastic grass we so love using to adorn our Easter baskets. Any time your dog or cat ingests something stringy like this, it can get wrapped or anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach and become unable to be passed. This can cause serious intestinal damage and may ultimately require expensive abdominal surgery. With this in mind, also keep an eye out for the cooking twine that often holds cuts of meat together!

The Perennial Favorite: Chocolate

Most dog owners know by now that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Easter is a day when chocolate abounds, and a day when children may leave their sweets unattended. Chocolate-related calls to the Pet Poison Hotline spike by nearly 200 percent during Easter week, so keep those chocolate eggs and bunnies in check.

Eggs, Real or Plastic

Discarded plastic eggshells tend to get trod on and broken, and the shards can wreak havoc on your pet’s paws, mouth and intestinal tract. Hardboiled eggs, too, can cause digestive issues for dogs. If you’re having an egg hunt, keep a written record of where you hide all the eggs, and make sure you collect any missed stragglers before you head in for dinner.

Ham & Pork

Pork roast and ham both have a high amount of fat, and your pet can develop serious stomach upset from eating fatty foods — especially small and obese pets. The extremely high salt content in ham, particularly, is another worry — most hams have enough salt to lead to neurological problems if your pet eats a large enough quantity.

Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in many modern candies, gums, baked goods and products that include flavorings. Xylitol can be extremely toxic to dogs as well as ferrets, so keep up the vigilance!

 

Presidential Pets in History

Presidents’ Day is fast approaching, so why not take the time to reflect on some important First Pets?

Our American presidents have had a bizarre and ever-entertaining assortment of furry friends over the years. Here are some of our favorites!
• George Washington had a variety of pets, not the least of which was three American Staghounds named Sweetlips, Scentwell, and Vulcan. He also had two horses named Nelson and Blueskin, considered as not simply mounts but loyal members of the presidential family, and a donkey named Royal Gift.

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• Thomas Jefferson was known to have two bear cubs—even more surprisingly, he wouldn’t be the last president to have pet bears!

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• Theodore Roosevelt was known for, amongst many other animals, having a pet bear named Jonathan Edwards, a garter snake named Emily Spinach, a hyena, a barn owl, and a one-legged rooster.

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• John F. Kennedy’s pet menagerie included a flock of ducks that could often be seen waddling jovially across the White House lawn, or swimming glamorously in the fountains.

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• Calvin Coolidge and his First Lady, Grace Coolidge, had a raccoon of their own named Rebecca. They also made the White House home to two canaries, a goose, a bobcat, a baby bear, two lion cubs, a wallaby, and a miniature hippo!

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• And of course, a special mention belongs to Barack Obama’s dogs and First Dogs of the moment, Bo and Sunny! Here is Bo looking very glamorous with First Lady Michelle Obama.

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What are some of your favorite First Pets?

Thanksgiving Dinner

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It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together, give thanks to one another and to eat delicious food. You know how excited your pup gets with all that food around, right? Imagine this; while sitting around the dinner table, your family pet comes putting their face on your lap, giving you the puppy dog eyes for a piece of your delicious meal. Unable to resist, you decide that it’s okay to feed it anything off the table. STOP!

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5 Tips to Help Your Pet Beat the Summer Heat!

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Keep your pets safe and cool this summer with these simple summer safety practices!

1. Don’t Forget About Humidity

Animals pant to remove moisture from their lungs via evaporation in order to expel heat. If the atmospheric humidity is too high, the evaporation won’t occur and your dog will be unable to cool himself.

If your dog seems lethargic and overheated, a quick way to assess the danger is to take his temperature. Your dog’s normal temperature should not be allowed to exceed 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If your dog’s temperature is close to or higher than this, immediately administer treatment for heat stroke:

Move your pet into the shade or air conditioning; apply ice packs or cold, wet towels to his head, neck and chest, or run cool (not cold) water over him. Let him drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Once his temperature is reduced, take him directly to the vet.

 2. Limit Outdoor Exercise

On the hottest days, limit your dog’s outdoor exposure to early morning or dusk hours. On walks, always carry water to prevent him from dehydrating. Owners of the following types of dogs should take extra care:

–          Dogs with white fur, which have a greater susceptibility to skin diseases.

–          Dogs such as Shih Tzus, bulldogs, pugs and boxers, which have what’s known as brachycephalic skulls—these pups tend to have greater difficulty breathing in any weather. Click here for a list of dog breeds with brachycephalic skulls.

–          Any dogs with shorter noses may have trouble taking full breaths in muggy weather, and should be kept out of the summer heat.

 3. Provide Ample Shade and Water

If your backyard or play area is unshaded and your dog is spending hours outside during peak heat hours, construct an artificial shade for him. And remember that you may need to refill his water more often than usual on the hottest days.

Remember: the best way to prevent heat stroke is to not keep your pet outside for any great length of time between the hours of 11am and 7pm.

 4. Give Him Cooling Treats

Do you have sweaters or other clothing for your dog to wear in the colder months? You can turn these into DIY cold packs by soaking them in cool water. You may also consider looking for a recipe for a frozen treat like a peanut butter popsicle.

 5. NEVER Leave Him Alone in the Car

We hope we don’t have to say this. Even on a mild day with the windows cracked, the interior of your car can heat to 120 degrees in mere minutes. DO NOT EVER leave your dog in the car alone.