Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for humans, but can be a time of stress for our furry friends. Please keep in mind that a dog in stress can do harm, not only to others, but to themselves.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
  • A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
  • Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
  • If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.
  • Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
  • All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
  • When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.
  • IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you

4th Of July Dog Tips Part 2

Train them to not be scared of loud noises when they're young!

I'll share a cute story with you guys. 

I trained my dog to like thunderstorms. When she was a puppy I got one of those big metal sheets and had my sister wiggle it while we played fetch outside a few times to make her associate the sound with happy things. Then when she had her first actual thunderstorm, I made sure we were playing fetch before it started thundering and got really excited whenever it thundered like it was the best thing in the world lol. Good news is she's not afraid of thunder. Bad news is now every time there's a storm she wants to go outside and play fetch in the rain!

Now, it didn't involve fireworks but the main point was training your dog to be comfortable around sudden loud noises just like hunting dogs are. This probably won't work if your dog is no longer a puppy tho.

Tip #2

I didn't get to talk about this in my previous post but you could sedate your dog with medication.

Benadryl does not work on every dog, just like it doesn't work for every human. Have a backup plan. There are many different meds that really help take the edge off and can make this a stress free holiday for both your pet and family. Thunder shirt is a wonderful tool but does not work for everyone. 

If you are planning on using medication (that your vet prescribed, not your neighbors mechanic) that helps calm/sedate, do not use it for the first time on the 4th. Do a trial run, when you are home and your vet is open. If they do not respond to the meds you need to know before the 4th. If they have a reaction; which is rare, but possible, you don't want to end up at an emergency vet. 

Tip #3

You can buy some dog ear muffs which i'm told work fairly decently. I've never used them myself but there you go. 

Again, last but not least, have your dog micro chipped! Tags and collars come off easily and is a cheap investment when it means getting your dog back. 

4th Of July Safety Tips For Dogs

It's going to be that time of the year again that most if not all dog owners dread. 4th of July. Don't get me wrong, I love celebrating it but having a dog practically my entire life, I spend half the time consoling him for at least 3 days. At least in my experience growing up in the Coachella Valley and experiencing all the illegal fireworks that get set off and are really loud!

So I've decided to write some tips that I've used in the past and still do to this day. Hope they help keep your pup safe and sane this Fourth Of July <3

 

  1. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. If there's a spill, throw some water over it to dilute it in case they try and lick it off the ground. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets, make them weak, depressed or go into a coma.
  2. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent on your pet unless it's labeled for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of a repellent containing DEET could cause your pet neurological problems.
  3. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach, Ingestion can cause stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in your pet. 
  4. Macy's firework show and cozy home. Do not take your pets to the local firework show no matter how badly you want to go. It's a small sacrifice you have to pay but I wouldn't even call it a sacrifice. Do you really want to deal with all the craziness that's going about to and at the show? Just have a nice get together BBQ with friends and enjoy the firework show on your TV.
  5. Keep your pets indoors at all times. If you yourself will be lighting fireworks outside, then I urge you to bring your dog inside even if it's inside your garage and crank up the TV/Radio to drown out the fireworks. Don't forget to bring his water bowl inside too.
  6. Keep your dog collared with ID tags and microchips. If worst comes to worst and they escape your yard at least you'll know you took the proper steps to hopefully find him soon or someone contact you that night if found. 

Misconception of dog poop being a fertilizer

IT IS NOT!

Bacteria from dog feces not only causes pollution but is a public health hazard. Dog waste carries more bacteria per gram than human waste, cows, horse, rabbits and all your other wild animals combined!

If you were to step on dog waste while walking barefoot, you'd be exposed to parasites that could cause you to be infected with roundworms or hookworms.

Bottom line, stop spreading the misconception that all animal waste can be used as manure just because cattle manure can. You must pick up after your dog whether it's yourself or you hire someone. Not doing so will only harm your pets and family by exposing them to parasites in their own backyard

Keeping your dogs safe and cool during the coachella valley summer

 Cooling off from the desert heat by chilling in the pool

Cooling off from the desert heat by chilling in the pool

It is officially summer and boy is it hot outside! It's been over 100 this whole week. So I got to thinking and decided to write some tips that homeowners could use to better protect their bff doggie.

frozen water bottle

Tip #1: If you have an outside dog, fill an empty water bottle with water, duh, freeze it and then place it in his water bowl. Not only is it more effective than dumping ice cubes but it'll last at least a couple of hours if the water bowl is in the shade.

Tip #2: Water the surrounding floor/ground of where they normally lay to keep them cool. Doing this, you'll keep your dog cool by the water evaporating from the heat. Just be sure to let the hot water run off first or it won't be effective and just make things worse

Tip #3: If you have an evaporative cooler, consider leaving your backdoor open so they can enjoy the cool air.  Only do this if you have a screen door or all the flies will come inside...

Tip #4: Create some shade. If you don't have a tree, bush, shrub or natural shade from your house than I implore you make them some shade. You can use some tarp or if you have a windmill palm tree, use the leaves to make some shade. Just build some support and stack the leaves on top of each other

Tip #5: Let your dog stand in a cool pool or puddle if you don't have a pool. Aside from panting, dogs cool down through their sweat glands in their paws. Giving their paws a quick soak can help lower their body temperature. It can also be helpful to put some cold water on their chest, just never use ice as it may lower their body temperature too quickly and constrict blood flow. 

Take Back Your Lawn and Keep Your Puppies Safe

Fly Control

Flies will consume and lay eggs in feces. These same flies will then come into your house and then spread disease as they pause on your counter and food. Need I say more about keeping feces cleaned up to prevent this cycle?

 

Preventing Stool Eating

While most dog owners think this doesn't apply to them or their dog, the shocking truth is that most dogs will engage in this unsavory practice at some point in their life. Dogs evolved as carnivore/scavengers and feces were considered fair game in lean times. To prevent this occasional indiscretion from becoming a life-long habit, clean up feces as soon as possible, especially in young dogs where the problem is most prevalent. At the first sign of this bad habit consider adding an oral product like Dis-Taste to your dog's food to decrease the palatability of the stools.

 

Keep your dog healthy by keeping your yard clean

Dealing with pet waste is one of those topics that every pet owner must deal with but no one likes to talk about. The fact is that the majority of community and neighborhood pet problems result from the inappropriate handling of pet waste. In addition, pet waste is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet and your family. 

 

Disease Control

There are several very common diseases that can be transmitted to dogs, cats and people through feces. These include giardia, roundworms, salmonella, and Ecoli. In addition, your dog can spread or contract parvovirus or coronavirus through infected feces. All of these diseases are very serious and common and every effort should be made by pet owners to keep their pets and family away from potentially infected feces.

 Make your Yard more Useable

Nobody likes to walk through a yard that is hiding "doggie land mines." If you and your children are afraid to use your yard because of the dog, then you are wasting one of your biggest time and financial investments. In addition, the pets will get less interactive exercise and suffer as well. Once or twice a week 'scooping' off your yard  will make it a place where everyone enjoys spending time.

8 Reasons To Scoop Your Dog's Poop

  1. Stormwater carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
  2. Animal waste adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife and fish.
  3. Animal waste may contain harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water.
  4. Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans.
  5. It’s the law! Many urban and suburban areas require you to pick up after your pet. Even if there is no restriction, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.
  6. Joining the growing number of responsible pet owners may encourage hotel managers to accept pets when you are traveling and help keep fees to a minimum.
  7. No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, cars and businesses.
  8. Scooping on a daily basis and applying lime will help prevent odors.
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