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Thanksgiving Safety

Turkey Day Safety Reminders

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Thanksgiving has arrived! The turkey is in the oven, the stuffing is on the stove, and your pups are by your feet since they can smell the yummy dinner! I have to say, I really enjoy the thanksgiving holiday: family all gathered around the table and great food! It is a day to simply give thanks and to be present. However, with the beautiful holiday comes some chaos: aka smoke detectors going off! Don’t tell me I am the only bad one in the kitchen! : ) For our pups, the holidays can be stressful and can increase their anxiety. As responsible pet owners we need to make sure that our pets are safe.

Here are a couple reminders to keep your pets safe during the thanksgiving holiday:

Give your dog a safe and comfortable area. If he’s feeling some anxiety with all of the people, give him an escape if he needs to get away. You should never force your dog to stay somewhere that could be too much stimulation for him. For our boy Kooper, we exercise him in the morning and then take him upstairs and let him relax when all the activity is going on downstairs. He does not do well with all of the commotion that the holidays can bring. Our girl Dee is different. He is a social butterfly and wants to greet everyone. We let her have her time with the family but we then take her upstairs with her brother if she is getting too tired.

Keep your attention on your pups if they are around the food– Those sniffers are going to be sniffing out all of the yummy food, but make sure they do not get to it. Turkey bones and turkey with the skin on it can harm your pet. Cooked bones can splinter and can cause much damage to dogs. Give your dog a bully stick or an antler for them to chew on.

Keep the trash away from where the pets can access- your pet can get into some danger when getting food out of the trash.

Make sure the doors are secure- with family coming in and out of the house it can become very easy for your pet to slip out the door.

We hope you have a nice Thanksgiving holiday with the family, friends, and pets!

Summer Heat and Our Pets

Summer Heat and Protecting our Pets

The next few days are going to be hot, hot, hot! These are the days we have to especially be mindful of our pets and the heat. These days can be dangerous to our pets, especially for the young, old, overweight pets. Also, at higher risk are pets with darker colored coats and shorter muzzles. With our two dogs, the heat affects our girl Dee more than it does Kooper. Dee has the dark coat and her muzzle is shorter. She can only do short walks when it’s this hot. Kooper can tolerate the hotter days.  If we would let him, he would try to lay out on our deck in the sun all day, but of course we have to monitor him as well. Keep these tips in mind when it gets hot outside:

  1. Never leave a pet in a car unattended- temperatures in a car can increase quickly. Even if the windows are cracked open.  According to ASPCA, “On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees.”
  2. Avoid walking on surfaces like asphalt. The paws on your pet can burn from walking on these hot surfaces. A way to test to see if it too hot for your pet is to touch the surface with the back of your hand- if it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your pet. It is best to walk in the grass for your pups paws.
  3. Limit your pets exercise on these super-hot days and avoid direct sunlight. It’s often better to exercise early in the morning and during the evening hours.
  4. Always have cold water for your pet! Ice cubes are also a good option if your pet likes ice.
  5. Watch for signs of heatstroke