Author: Ryan Johnson, INFORUM
Humans aren’t the only household creatures that get stressed out during the holidays.
Teri-Lee James with Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital said everything from tree lights to turkey bones can pose unique risks to pets during this time of year. But she said dogs, cats and the other critters also can lose sleep, become sick and feel anxious because of another holiday tradition – visiting friends and family, noisy gatherings and being taken
There’s enough for people to worry about at Thanksgiving. “Oh no, not Aunt Edna’s greasy gravy.” “My brother’s bragging is going to drive me to drink.” “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” But we can’t just think of ourselves over this food-focused holiday: We have to look after our best friends, too.Bichon FriseDogs enjoy the revelry at least as much as humans, with bits of this and that dropping on
Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! We recommend 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
Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind. Anyone who has ever loved a dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. The excitement your dog shows when you come home, the wagging tail at the sound of the leash being taken from its hook, the delight in the tossing of a tennis ball, and the head nestled in your lap-those are only some of the rewards of being
With extreme temperatures on the rise..here are some safety tips to keep in mind to keep your furbabies happy and healthy!
Never leave your pet in a car when you travel or do errands. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of
For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets.
Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have
Would you be prepared if a tornado swept through your community tomorrow? What would you do if you experienced a flood as catastrophic as the one in Memphis? Could you keep your family and pets safe if you experienced a quake like the one in Japan?
With today’s prevalence of natural disasters and the tragedy that comes with, we must be able to answer these questions with confidence and prioritize disaster preparedness efforts—for
Dogs and cats suffer from many problems that affect their skin. It is important to understand that the skin is an organ, just as the liver and kidneys are organs. The skin functions as a barrier to protect the body from infection, caustic substances, ultra violet light and dehydration. Good health and proper function of the skin is dependent on the health and function of the other organs that make up our pets’ bodies.
When your pet has an emergency, being prepared is very important. Before an emergency strikes, be sure you know how your veterinarian handles emergencies or where you should go if you have one. For example, some veterinarians always have someone on call, while others use special emergency hospitals for things that arise after hours. You can also stay prepared for emergencies by putting together a pet first-aid kit.
We cannot stress enough that you SHOULD