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Keys to Keeping Your Pet Safe This Thanksgiving

iStock_000019349731_MediumThis time of year there is always a lot of discussion about Thanksgiving preparations – from the bird and the pumpkin pies to the football games and the parades, there’s a lot on the menu. We know that pet owners have a long to-do list before the big day, and knowing how to best protect your pet will ensure everyone, human and pet alike, enjoys the occasion.

Offering the right foods (and restricting the wrong ones), controlling your pet’s environment, and identifying the warning signs of a sick or injured pet will all help tremendously towards a safe and happy Thanksgiving for both you and your furry family.

Setting the Stage for Success

Whether you are hosting or traveling, you’ll need to consider your pet’s personality and what he or she may need to get through the day. This may be a quiet and secluded place to sleep the day away, or being center stage and greeter-in-chief as guests arrive at the door. You know your pet best, and need to consider what your four-legged friend can realistically handle. Continue…

Smart Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

iStock_000048504324_MediumIf you’re like most of us, the past few weeks have been spent stocking up on Halloween candy, snacks, costumes, and decorations… trying desperately to avoid consuming all of those mini chocolate bars before the night of trick-or-treating arrives. Halloween is a fun holiday, to be sure, the gateway to a beautiful autumn season – marking the time the leaves change, the winter clothes come out of boxes, and the school buses line the curbside.

Because Halloween is such a family-oriented holiday, we often look for ways to include the family pet – Rover in particular – in the fun. From pet parades to costume parties, our pets love to celebrate this spooky season with us.

While this inclusion can be exciting for our pups, Halloween also presents one of the biggest risks of pet poisoning than any other time of year. Halloween (and the week leading up to it) marks the busiest time for pet poison control lines. And, in the midst of the festivities, it’s easy to forget to keep an eye on that candy bowl or the opening and closing of the front door.

If you want to include your best fur friend in the Halloween mix, here are some basic pet safety precautions to take to ensure the evening remains fright-free for all. Continue…

Human Medications and Your Pet

Dog and pills.As pet owners, we want our animals to be well and not in pain. And we will often do whatever we can to make that happen. Unfortunately, some owners use the web or friends for advice and give their pets human or animal medications that are not prescribed specifically for their pet’s current problem by their veterinarian. This idea may seem harmless enough, but it’s not.

Please think twice before offering your pet any medication that we have not prescribed or directed you to give. There is more at stake than you could possibly imagine. Continue…

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