Posts Tagged ‘Pet Safety’

Top Ten Tips for a Pet-friendly Howl-o-ween

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Everyone likes a little trick-or-treat on Halloween, even the little fur balls in your life. But some trick-or treat activities may not be safe for animals. The ASPCA has several suggestions to help your pets’ Howl-o-ween be fun and safe.

  1. Candy is for trick-or-treaters only. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  2. Loose candy wrappers, especially those made of aluminum foil or cellophane, can cause intestinal blockage and vomiting. Remind children not to share candy with pets.
  3. Fall decorations often include pumpkins and decorative corn. Animals should stay away from these popular Halloween plants as they may cause upset tummies in pets who nibble on them.
  4. Be sure to keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of your pets’ reach. If chewed, pets might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
  5. Decorative items such as ribbons, streamers, confetti and those stretchy, stringy cobwebs can all be dangerous if ingested by a curious pet.
  6. Use caution if you choose to add candles to carved pumpkins. Pets may knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire, or possibly burn themselves. Consider flameless candles.
  7. Pet costumes are quite popular, yet you should dress your dog or cat in a costume only if you know your animal enjoys it. For some pets, wearing a costume may cause stress. For more information on animal costume safety, read our Halloween Costume Safety Tips for Pets.
  8. During trick-or treat hours, all but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
  9. If you allow your pet to help with answering the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that at the sight of an open door your pet doesn’t dart outside.
  10. Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If your pet escapes or becomes lost, a collar and tags or a microchip greatly increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you.

Have a safe and happy Howl-o-ween with your pet!

(Adapted from ASPCA web site)

Tips for Choosing a Pet Stroller

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Spring is here, and nothing is nicer than going for a stroll or jog with your favorite four-legged friend. Dogs, cats, bunnies—even guinea pigs and iguanas—can enjoy being with you in the great outdoors from the safety of their very own stroller.

Pet Gear Expedition Stroller

There are dozens of pet strollers on the market, so choosing the right one can be a challenge. Considering how and where you will want to use your stroller is one of the first things to think about.

Would you like to take your pet with you to the park and stroll on level, paved paths? Or on a window-shopping excursion in a busy shopping area? For the more adventurous, an off-road trek in a wilderness area on uneven terrain might be what you’re interested in.

Do want to walk, jog, or run with your pet stroller? The design and construction of the stroller you choose should fit how and where you want to use it. (more…)

Taking Your Dog for a Ride

Friday, February 4th, 2011

She loves doing "doggy face," but you know it's not safe!

Who loves to ride in the car more than your dog? Are you a responsible dog owner, or are you putting yourself, your family, other drivers, and your dog at risk when you travel with your dog loose in your car? You wouldn’t dream of not putting seat belts on your children, even for a short trip to the grocery store, so why would you do any less for your furry family members?

Did you know that more than 30,000 accidents are caused every year by drivers who are distracted by unrestrained pets in their vehicles? And those are only the ones that were reported. Every one of those accidents could have been prevented by a proper pet restraint system.

Properly securing your pet in your vehicle keeps them safer and prevents them from jumping into your lap or getting under your feet while you are driving, thereby keeping your passengers and other drivers on the road safer, too. It’s also important to restrain your pets in the car to reduce injuries in an accident. You would not want them to be thrown from the car or become a projectile in the car. An air bag can kill a small pet, so don’t risk it! Put them in a hard-sided carrier, or put them in the back seat. (more…)

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…)

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

(from ASPCA web site)

Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.


Summer Travel with your Pet

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

We want our four-legged friends to enjoy family fun right along with us, but there are some precautions that need to be taken to keep your pets safe when the mercury climbs.

Everyone knows this, but it bears repeating—never leave your pet in a hot car, even if you think it will only be for a few minutes.  Your car acts like a greenhouse, absorbing and trapping the sun’s heat. Temperatures inside a car can reach dangerous levels within a few, short minutes, and leaving windows cracked makes very little difference.

If you like jogging, running, biking, or hiking with your pet, remember that you can dress in cooler clothes to feel cooler, but your pet cannot. A cooling vest like the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler can help you pet stay cool. Plan your exercise times early in the morning or in the cooler evening hours so your pet can join you and still be comfortable.

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Vest


Enjoy the Water Safely With Your Pet

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Summer is here, and the heat is definitely on!

As temperatures rise, we want to hit the pool, beach, or lake for some cool fun, and we want our four-legged friends to join us. Check out this great video of a family with their dogs at the lake.

Water safety issues are just as important for your pet as they are for any family member. You don’t want an accident or injury to spoil anyone’s fun. So here are a few water safety tips for you and your pet.

First of all, be aware that not all dogs are natural swimmers. Some dogs don’t even like the water. Swimming can be tiring and even dangerous for dogs with short noses or heavy bodies or for dogs with underlying health conditions like obesity, heart conditions, or arthritis. Pets who are prone to skin and ear infections should be discouraged from swimming. Any animal should be closely supervised at all times around water. It is also important to give your pet a good bath and dry their ears thoroughly after they’ve had a swim. (more…)

Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The ASPCA offers these tips for keeping Fido and Mr. Whiskers safe on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year  poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed our experts’ advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day. (more…)