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Puppy-Proofing Checklist

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time, but it also can be a bit overwhelming especially when it comes to the dangerous items your new family member can get into. Petmd.com has a great checklist for “puppy proofing” your home in preparation for your new puppy! Enjoy!

Trash

Hide your trashcans and diaper pails in closets or get securely-locking lids. Watch out for any trash or recycling that might be strewn around the house, such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, cans with sharp edges, and even plastic canisters, which puppies can get their heads caught in!

Electrical

Invest in covers for your outlets, which puppies can lick, and get covers for or secures your wires, especially around the holidays when you have more lighting in the house.

Furniture and Decor

Secure lamps, bookshelves, and decorations that puppy can pull or knock down. Move any open storage, like baskets and crates full of craft supplies, coins, shoes, or toys to a closed closet or up on a high shelf.

Medication

Puppies have no problem chewing up child-proof lids and gobbling what’s inside. Move all medication and toiletries out of reach.

Cleaning Supplies

Drain cleaners can be deadly if swallowed and most other cleaners are toxic. Secure all of your cleaning supplies in cabinets and get cabinet locks if needed!

Garage/Yard Supplies

Antifreeze can be fatal, so lock it up and clean up spills using a clay based litter or by hosing the area down thoroughly. Any liquid you keep in the garage, whether a fuel or cleaning supply, is probably toxic to dogs (and cats). Make sure heavy tools are secure and that small tools like screws and nails are stored way up off the ground. Bug and rat bait and herbicides might entice your pet, but will kill them if swallowed. Don’t use them unless absolutely necessary. Most importantly: Puppies could run though closing garage doors or sleep under parked cars. Always check before operating either machine.

Outside

While you should always supervise your puppy, it’s important to look for weak spots in your fence and make sure your pool is secured. Drowning is a possibility, even if your puppy can swim. And you’d be surprised how little space they need to crawl out of a secure yard!

Source: http://www.petmd.com/dog/puppycenter/adoption-getting-a-puppy/evr_dg_puppy_proofing_checklist

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Five Life-Lengthening Health Tips for Your Pet | petMD

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Five Life-Lengthening Health Tips for Your Pet | petMD.

By Lorie Huston, DVM

Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat wishes just one thing — that he or she has a healthy and long life. Here are five tips that can help your pet do just that.

1. Feed a high quality diet.

Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, help maintain his or her intestinal health, help increase his or her mental acuity, help keep joints and muscles healthy, and much more.

2. Keep your pet lean.

Pets that are overweight are at risk for a myriad of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years. Why? Being overweight or obese puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.

3. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly.

All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment. Early diagnosis is also likely to be less costly for you than waiting until your pet’s illness has become advanced and serious before attempting treatment.

4. Keep your pet’s mouth clean.

A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease. In addition to regular dental checkups, the most effective means of caring for your pet’s mouth at home is to brush his or her teeth at home. If your pet isn’t a big fan of toothbrushes there are other alternatives as well, including dental diets, treats, and toys. Ask your veterinarian for some recommendations.

5. Do not allow your pet to roam unsupervised.

Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you’re doing your pet a favor. However, pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more. Additionally, allowing your pet to roam unsupervised may alienate your neighbors should your pet ever “relieve” him- or herself in their lawn or dig up their garden.

Following these tips can go a long ways towards providing a long, healthy and happy life for your pet.

Source: http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_life-lengthening_pet_health_tips?icn=HP-Hero&icl=life-lengthening_pet_health_tips#.UtRpfp5dXCI

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Winter Walking Dangers for Cats and Dogs

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Winter is here and we have finally seen our first light snowfall in Washington, so we thought this would be a perfect article to share with all of you pet owners out there. If your dog or cat spends time outdoors in the winter, it can be very dangerous. This article has great information on the hazards of Winter weather.

Chemicals on the Ground

It is common practice to apply chemicals to sidewalks and driveways so that the ice can be made to melt, or just to make it so that the feet can grip the ground easier. The problem with these chemicals is that they get onto animals’ unprotected feet, where they can irritate the skin or get into small abrasions in the foot pads. The animal may also lick the chemicals off of their feet and ingest them, resulting in stomach and intestinal problems. There are products that are relatively safe for animals, but not everyone uses a pet-friendly product for their sidewalks and driveways.

One solution is to outfit your dog with a set of booties, so that the foot pads are protected. Booties are also good for keeping hard snow and ice out of the spaces between the toes, something that can be very painful for an animal.

If your pet will not tolerate wearing booties, you will need to be vigilant about cleaning your pet’s feet and underside as soon as you return home from a walk. A simple rag that has been dipped in warm water will do the job.

It is also a good idea to make a habit of checking your dog or cat’s feet on a regular basis after they come in from outside to be sure that the footpads and toes are clean and free of abrasions.

Ethylene Glycol (Antifreeze) Poisoning

Another common winter practice is the changing of antifreeze/coolant in the car engine. There will always be unintentional spills to watch out for, and not everyone is conscientious about cleaning up the spills in the driveway or on the garage floor. While a lot of companies have changed the formula of their antifreeze products so that they do not have a sweet taste, there are still plenty of antifreeze products on the market that do have that tempting sweet smell and taste to them. Dogs and cats, of course, do not know any better, and they lap up spilled antifreeze solutions when they find them on the ground.

The main ingredient of most antifreeze solutions is ethylene glycol, an extremely toxic chemical that leads to a lot of accidental illnesses and deaths in pets every year. If there is no one around to witness the pet ingesting antifreeze and the symptoms are not treated immediately, the animal may suffer severe nervous system and kidney damage within a short period after ingestion. Even the newer pet-safe products have a degree of toxicity, and the only way to avoid accidental poisoning is keep the products out of reach of pets, and off of the ground.

All antifreeze products need to be carefully secured in an area that is out of reach for pets – and children, for that matter. All spills should be cleaned immediately using a water hose or similar procedure. In addition, if you are out walking and see a puddle in the street or on a driveway, do not let your pet walk through it or drink from it.

 

If you suspect that your pet has ingested even a small amount of antifreeze, the best thing you can do is call your veterinarian or local emergency animal clinic immediately. Ethylene glycol is a fast acting chemical, and minutes can make a difference.

Frostbite

Your pet may not be complaining about the cold, and is probably even having a blast playing in the snow, but just like us, animals do not always notice that their skin has started to feel funny. As the body’s temperature decreases in response to the outdoor temperature, blood is diverted to the core systems, leaving the outer organ, the skin, at risk of freezing. Once the skin has been frozen by the ice and snow, there is tissue damage, basically causing a condition akin to burning. At highest risk for frostbite are the footpads, nose, ear tips and tail

Upon returning home after being outdoors for an extended time, or when the temperatures are especially low, check your pet’s risk points (along with the rest of the body). Early symptoms of frostbite include pale, hard skin that remains very cold even after being inside. As the skin warms, it may swell and change to a red color.

Your pet may try to relieve the irritation by licking and chewing on the skin, in which case you will need to have the skin treated and covered immediately before permanent damage is done.

Never apply direct heat to the skin, water or otherwise. Only tepid to warm water should be used on the skin, and non-electric blankets to cover the animal. You may need to consult with a veterinarian to make sure that the condition is not severe.

In some cases of severe frostbite the tissue needs to be removed, or the limb removed before the dead tissue allows infection to set in.

Hopefully, this has educated you and not frightened you. These are just some of the ways you can protect your pet, so that you do not need to worry yourself over anything, and so that you and your pet can have a great time in the snow and on the ice.

Source: http://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_winter_walking_dangers?icn=HP-Hero&icl=evr_winter_walking_dangers

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Revival Articles

Friday, October 25th, 2013

 

One of our favorite websites with some great articles regarding puppy/dog health is http://www.revivalanimal.com/articles.html?ic_location=topnav&ic_name=specialstopnav

They have great articles regarding dental care, information about arthritis/joints with dogs, traveling with your pets, grooming, and more! If you’re looking to do some weekend reading about anything you need to know regarding your dog, this is the place to go!

Happy Friday everyone and we hope you all have a great weekend!

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