Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

10 Thanksgiving Foods Dangerous to Your Dog

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011


What foods should you avoid giving to your dog at Thanksgiving?

What foods should you avoid giving to your dog at Thanksgiving?

Thanks to for this article on keeping Fido safe at Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for family to get together, give thanks, eat wonderful food and then pass out in front of the TV watching football. It’s also a great time for clever dogs to sneak off with the trimmings.

While tossing your dog a carrot or two, or even a piece of cooked turkey here and there, won’t be too harmful, some other Thanksgiving goodies are bad for him.

Here are 10 foods you should not give your dog on Thanksgiving, or any other day for that matter.

1. Bones: It seems counter-intuitive, we know, but bones are bad for dogs. Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, said, “Bones are unsafe, no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery or even death. Make sure you throw out bones from your own meals in a way that your dog can’t get to them.” (more…)

Hot Tips for Cool Pets

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Hot Weather Tips for Dogs

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but caution is due when temperatures rise, warn ASPCA experts.

“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat,” says Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, “and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”

Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.

Visit the Vet
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. This is also a good time to be sure your pet is protected from fleas and ticks.

Be Cool
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Be careful to not overdo outdoor exercising with them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the Warning Signs
According to Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, “Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with older or overweight pets, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.


Pug Recycles! (Video)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

This little pug has gone green. What are you doing to take care of planet? Please share your “green” initiatives in the comments section. Do you recycle? Take a bus? Bottle your own water?

Happy Earth Day!

Cat-Proofing the Holidays

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Making the Holiday Season Safe for Your Cat

Ah, the holidaze. It’s a time of excess—food, friends, family, and gifts. While you may be caught up in a whirlwind of activity, it’s important to remember that your cat needs attention during the holidays, too. The season can be stressful for her, or even dangerous if she gets into some mischief. With a few precautions, you can make the season safe and fun for you and your cat.

Make Holiday Meals Off-Limits

Though roasted turkey, ham, cheese balls, dips, and other holiday fare may be a treat for humans, the high fat and salt content aren’t good for cats (they’re not so good for you, either). Here are some other tips for keeping kitty out of harmful holiday foods: (more…)

Five Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Charlie Chiweenie

Today is National Dog Day! Founded in 2004, National Dog Day was created to bring national awareness to all of the rescue and shelter dogs who need new homes and to honor family pets and service dogs for all they do for their humans every day.  You can read more about it at

Here are just a  few ideas for celebrating your furry friends on their special day!