Pet Care Health Tips or How Not to Turn Your Pet Pink

The sun is out, it’s finally warm and you and your pets are ready to frolic outdoors.  While you’re out there having fun, here are a few tips to keep them healthy and safe.

Some of our favorite pet friends spend a fair amount of time sticking their noses into somebody else’s business… namely Mister Skunk’s.  If they have an encounter of the smelly kind, skip the tomato juice.  It barely makes a dent in the scent and you end up with a pink pet!  Instead, head to the store for two quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide, a half cup of baking soda, and about one or two tablespoons of liquid dish soap.  Just mix it all together, and work it deep into the fur – be sure to keep it away from your buddy’s eyes!   Let it sit for a few minutes, rinse thoroughly, and reapply to heavily oiled areas if necessary.

If you have a pet who joyfully rockets himself into the car at the mere mention of a R.I.D.E., please remember some important safety tips.  Your pet needs to buckle up, just like you.  (Special seat belts are available.)  An unrestrained animal can be fatally injured by a sudden stop.  Under no circumstances should an unrestrained pet ride in the back of truck.  And even though he may enjoy riding with his head out the window, it puts him at risk of injury from flying debris.  Even on mild days, the sun can raise the temperature inside your parked car to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  So if you’re running errands, please leave your pet at home.

Exercise is an important part of keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight, which helps his body stay cool, but overdoing it can cause him to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure he has plenty of water. If he’s panting a lot or seems exhausted, it’s time to stop. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street, which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that animals like, but it’s extremely toxic. When you’re walking your pet, make sure he doesn’t sneak a drink from the street.

Keeping your pet well groomed will help his hair do what it was designed to do: protect him from the sun and insulate him from the heat. If he has extremely thick hair or a lot of mats and tangles, his fur may trap too much heat, so you may want to clip him.  And so you don’t have uninvited guests on your pet or in your home, be sure your pet is protected by veterinarian-approved protection against fleas and ticks.

And finally, keep an eye on what your pet is munching on.  According to the Humane Society, there are over 700 plant species that can be toxic to animals.  Here are some of the most common:

Shrubs:  all parts of azaleas, Christmas berry leaves, holly berries, seeds and pods of lupines and oleander leaves.

Wildflowers: all parts of delphinium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, woody aster and mustard seeds.

Garden Flowers:  daffodil and narcissus bulbs; bird-of-paradise pods; lily-of-the-valley leaves and flowers; and all parts of daylilies, and autumn crocus.

Garden and House Plants:  potato shoots and sprouts, and yellow oleander can harm animals. Pets should not be exposed to house plants like elephant ear, lantana, mistletoe, philodendron and poinsettia.

Our pets bring us so much joy and companionship.  Let’s do all we can to keep them healthy and safe.

Poisonous Flowers & Plants for Animals |



Your Pet Perfect Holiday

The holidays aren’t the same unless we include our furry and feathered friends, but there are some things to keep in mind in order to keep them safe and make sure it’s a pet perfect holiday!

No Bones About It

 Any item outside an animal’s regular diet can be harmful to your pet’s system, but you’ll want to pay special attention to these:

  • Chocolate, sweets with Zorbitol or Xylitol (commonly found in chewing gum and other candy), table scraps and alcoholic beverages – all of these items can cause digestive, metabolic and / or respiratory issues. Some of them can be toxic– even fatal.
  • Hot drippings from pans and pots during cooking can cause burns.
  • Be sure to pet proof the garbage can.  Bones from your meal can easily splinter and puncture your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.

 Look Before They Leap

 Holly and mistletoe, Christmas tree water (which can harbor bacteria if stagnant or contain chemicals from the tree), holiday bubbling lights, and mothballs – all of these can be poisonous to your pet.

  • Tinsel and wrapping paper can wreak havoc on a pet’s digestive tract and cause trouble for curious beaks. The inks and dyes in them can also be poisonous.
  • Stabilize your tree – a climbing cat, jumping dog or perching bird can easily knock over a wobbly tree and be injured.
  • Electrical cords can shock or electrocute if chewed.
  • Candles can cause fire with a tail flick or playful leap. Smoke and fumes from candles can also irritate the sensitive respiratory systems of your birds, as will cigarette smoke and aerosol sprays.
  • Clean up pine needles, and avoid using metal hooks and glass ornaments, all of which can cut paws or puncture the digestive tract if ingested.
  • Finally, don’t tie ribbons around your pet’s neck – they can strangle.

 Paws for Fun

 Make sure you have a safe, quiet place for them to be alone. With all of the extra people around, they may need some time away from a house full of guests!

  • Get your buddy a new toy to play with or treat to munch on while you open gifts. This occupies them and includes them in on the gift opening fun.

Do you have some pet safety tips to add?  Please leave a reply.  Thank you!