Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How Did You Celebrate National Puppy Day?

Did you do anything for National Puppy Day? We would love to hear if you celebrate this day and what you do.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22nd.

What follows are the top 10 poisons that are reported to the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) every year.

  1. Human Prescription Medications. More then 20% reported were pets getting into medicine cabinets or on top of bedside tables. This is the seventh year in a row that prescription medications has been at the top of the list.
  2. Over-the-Counter Medications. Over 25,000 reports came in with pets ingesting herbal and other natural supplements; over 6,000 different products were reported.
  3. Insecticides. 10% of the cases reported were that of backyard/open-space products being used. Following the directions on the label is so important or look for more natural fertilizers.
  4. Household Products. This list is large and includes anything from cosmetic products, cleaning supplies, paint and laundry detergent. The same rule should apply for pets as we would do for young children in the house. Store all household chemicals up on shelves.
  5. Human Foods. We are reminded of the foods that are toxic to pets: chocolate, onions, raisins, alcohol, etc.
  6. Veterinary Medications. Believe it or not, 7% of pets will ingest the entire bottle of their own medication if not kept out of reach, especially if they know what is in that bottle also means a piece of cheese or yummy treat goes along with it. 
  7. Chocolate. As listed above, more then 30 calls a day come in with pets that have ingested chocolate. Remember: the darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is to your dog. 
  8. Plants. This is more focused to our cat loving families: cats will taste any household plant.
  9. Rodent Products. Approximately 7,000 calls came in about pets ingesting chemicals used to kill mice, rats, ants, and all the pesky vermin we try to keep out of our homes.
  10. Gardening Products. Keep gardening spray and lawn sprays up and out of harm's way.
With spring cleaning around the corner, this is a good time to organize medications and put all household items that could harm our beloved pets up on shelves. If you think your pet has come in contact with a poison please call: the Animal Poison Control Center's 24 hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dog Anxiety

Some dogs develop anxiety as they grow older, especially in reaction to high winds and thunderstorms. They can start by just wanting to settle on your lap for comfort, but soon, owners are finding their pups tucked away in a T.V. nitch or trying to wedge themselves behind the sofa.

There are plenty of options out there for dogs with anxiety, from as little to simply holding them for comfort, to Thunder Shirts, to medication to help keep them calm. It's all about what works for your dog. If you need help figuring out how to help your anxious dog, check with your vet - they should be able to give you a few recommendations.