This season is always a good reminder to be grateful. In a time and world where we get so wrapped up in things beyond our control, where bad things happen that we just can not seem to help change, and sometimes we find ourselves just downright bummed out, the holiday season is always a perfect time to look at the great things, no matter how small they may be. A fat dog butt, a pretty tree or holiday lights. By being grateful for the little things, our little appreciations can change the world GREATLY and we can look to the new year for a fresh start full of hope. PS- Gratefulness is contagious:) What are you grateful for, Andrea? Share here on our FACEBOOK PAGE.
The first thing I am grateful for is YOU! That being said, I’m officially reminding you of your December Coupon, which is honestly less of coupon, but an actual little gift for you, because I am honestly grateful to you for making my world a better place. If you haven’t gotten your Cat Peeps Coupon Book yet…what the heck? CLICK HERE. If you do, it’s right below!
In keeping up with the holidays, I have below the ever important Thanksgiving Safety Tips for your cat. PLEASE read, memorize and pay attention to them!
You know what I always say, the BEST way to have a safe and healthy cat, is to PREVENT as much danger as possible.
Have the best Thanksgiving ever!
Well…thank Dog that is over with. That mud slinging contest, er uh I mean election is finally over and we can move forward. No matter what, we can ALL agree on one thing, and that’s how much we LOVE dogs, so let’s start there.
I had a whole thing planned out for this week’s blog, but I decided that everyone’s brains needed a rest so I came across this fun infographic for a chuckle and “no way!” Just click the button for the full image on our site. I found it on this super cool site called visualistan.com
In DOG we can ALWAYS trust.
Well I hope you had a terrific and totally FUN Halloween…I certainly did. It’s always so cute seeing all of the kids dressing up and charging from door to door for candy. As predicted, Halloween had a slight political theme this year, with a little “dash” of KarDASHian (ugh sorry…I couldn’t resist)…and of course the ever adorable ghosts, kitty cats and witches that fill the streets! See ya next year October…
…and HELLO gorgeous November! I LOVE November! It’s SO pretty with the colors, it’s cozy at night, family and friend gatherings start to happen and of course Thanksgiving! What a month!
More importantly, November is always a good reminder to be grateful. In a weird year, and of cour a REAL weird week coming up with the election, it’s hard to not get side tracked with the bad. I plan on making it my daily practice to be grateful for at least 3 things every single day of November. After all, I get to live, breathe and laugh, right? What are you grateful for, ~Contact.FirstName~? Share here on our FACEBOOK PAGE.
The first thing I am grateful for is YOU! That being said, I’m officially reminding you of your November Coupon!
Halloween is next Monday, and for most of us it can be a really fun and festive time. It’s super cute to see all of the neighborhood kids dress up, and bonus cute if your dog wears a costume…right?
As with anything, we need to take safety and precaution to protect our dogs from any harm, and as I always say, the BEST way to protect them is to PREVENT things from happening the very best way you can.
Here is a list I found on www.petmd.com and ASPCA.org also has a great tip list as well. Of course, as always if you think your pet has eaten anything dangerous or is not acting right call your vet at once, or poison control at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.
All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.
Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.
3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.
Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.
4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.
Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.
5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. And speaking of pumpkins …
6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.
Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.
7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.
If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.
If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.
9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.
If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.
10. IDs, please!
If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet does have one of those fancy-schmancy embedded microchips.
Holy guacamole it seems like in the blink of an eye, the weather turned from chewy to crisp! That fall air is awesome, and man…I gotta say it feels great to put on a sweater and my fav pair of jeans! I’ve been spending a lot of time outside with the dogs, doing a lot of pack walks to help further along Sardine’s integration with Boss and Lasagna (they’re doing great!).
Anyhoo, it dawned on me that a lot of times we associate a lot of toxins and poisons with the warmer weather months. I decided to do some research on it, and like I assumed, we have to watch out for some stuff in the colder months as well. Below is an info-graphic for you that I found on pethealthnetwork.com, of 5 Fall Toxins to watch out for. Click the button for the full sized version. And of course, if you are concerned that your dog has got into any of the toxins listed here OR anything else call your vet immediately or ASPCA Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.
The single MOST effective way to prevent your dog from getting sick, or worse, is to prevent them to having access. Keep the garage closed, trash stashed away, food in cabinets where it can not be reached and doors shut to rooms that contain items that may be toxic!
You LOVE your dog…so do it! It’s a total easy way to protect them.
Last week’s blog only dealt with grooming tips for skin and coats, and well, that just doesn’t cover it! I need to know, that you know, everything I know, in case you didn’t already know it, k?
So here’s Part 2 of Fall Grooming MUSTS.
3 Fall Grooming MUSTS for your dog (Part Deux)
According to The Animal Humane Society, just as humans require good grooming habits, so do our dogs. Besides being a healthy habit for our dogs, grooming is an important part of the relationship we have with them. Regular grooming sessions are beneficial because they:
- allow you and your dog to have quiet time together.
- promote your dog’s good health in terms of his coat, skin, feet, ears, teeth, etc.
- allow you to become very familiar with all parts of your dog’s body and you’ll notice early on anything unusual that may require veterinary attention.
- promote good health for both humans and puppies – this type of interaction can actually lower stress levels and reduce blood pressure for both you and your dog.
When you are grooming your dog, come armed with a great attitude, lots of patience, and in the beginning, lots of treats. Always start slowly and add more as your puppy accepts what you’re doing. If you start getting frustrated, stop and come back to it later. Remember to keep it positive and fun.
***Please note: There are some cats who do not tolerate being groomed. If your cat fights the grooming process, and there is some potential that injury could occur to your cat or yourself, please make an appointment with a professional groomer or a veterinarian to have your cat groomed.***
Your dog’s regular grooming routine should include regular ear checks. This is especially important for dogs who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair. Don’t clean your dog’s ears so frequently or deeply as to cause irritation, and take care to never insert anything into your dog’s ear canal—probing inside can cause trauma or infection!
As a rule of thumb, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they just about touch the ground when he or she walks. If your pet’s nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a trim. For leisurely living dogs, this might mean weekly pedicures, while urban pooches who stalk rough city sidewalks can go longer between clippings.
Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth, along with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys, can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, potentially causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Many pooches show signs of gum disease by the time they’re four years old because they aren’t provided with proper mouth care.
Man that “cold front” feels good this week. I’ll be happier when it’s in the 50’s and 60’s, but low humidity and 80’s is a start!
Even though a chill is not quite in the air just yet, before we know it we’ll be talkin’ sweater weather, lattes and dog sweaters!
With a new season here, I always like to remind everyone of the importance of keeping our dogs well groomed. Some may be great self groomers BUT let face it, most of our goofballs need our help. Besides, any chance we get for a perfect “wet dog” IG moment is great! See mine below…it’s Boss in the bath tub throwing some shade…
I seriously LOVE dogs!!!
3 Fall Grooming MUSTS for your dog
According to the ASPCA, your dog rolling on the ground, licking her coat or chewing at her fur are her ways of keeping clean. Sometimes, though, she’ll need a little help from you to look and smell her best. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Read on for MUSTS to keep your dog’s fur and skin healthy and clean.
***Please note: There are some dogs who do not tolerate being groomed. If your dog fights the grooming process, and there is some potential that injury could occur to your dog or yourself, please make an appointment with a professional groomer or a veterinarian to have your dog groomed.***
The way you brush your pet—and how often—will largely depend on his or her coat type.
Although shedding old or damaged hair is a normal process for dogs, the amount and frequency of hair shed often depends upon their health, breed type and season. Many dogs develop thick coats in the winter that are then shed in the spring. Dogs who are always kept indoors, however, are prone to smaller fluctuations in coat thickness and tend to shed fairly evenly all year.
The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least once every three months, but some may require more frequent baths if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems. Here are some tips!
- First, give your pet a good brushing to remove all dead hair and mats, and then put him or her in a tub or sink that’s been filled with about three to four inches of lukewarm water.
- Then, use a spray hose, large plastic pitcher or an unbreakable cup to completely wet your pet.
- Take care to not spray or pour water directly in his ears, eyes or nose.
- Gently massage in shampoo, working from head to tail, and rinse and repeat as needed.
- Dry him or her thoroughly by giving your pet a good rub with a large towel. Voila, clean pet!
Well NOW it’s officially official…summer is gone and here we are knee deep in September, which means back to school for a lot of peeps. Anxious as usual, I got right on researching “Back to School Pet Safety” (I literally Googled it) to make sure between the both of us, we can keep your dog as safe as we can ALWAYS!
Even if you don’t have kids in school, def cruise the article…you can never know too much safety info when it comes to your dog. Forward this to your peeps that have 2 and 4 legged kids…let’s keep as many friends as safe as we can!
According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), sees an increase in back-to-school related pet poisonings. One of the most common issues involves dogs getting into kids’ backpacks and lunchboxes. Fortunately, most of these exposures are fairly easy to prevent if pet parents know what to watch out for. Here are a few safety tips from APCC experts for this back-to-school season:
Backpacks After a long school day, many kids dump their backpacks on the floor when they arrive at home. If possible, designate an area in your home for backpacks out of reach of your pets.
Some dogs are very good at unzipping backpacks and helping themselves to the contents inside. If you have young kids who aren’t able to reliably place their backpacks in a secure area, or if you have very crafty pets, the next best thing is to be very careful about what is packed in your child’s backpack.
Common backpack contents like sugar free gum (with xylitol), raisins and medications should never be accessible to pets.
APCC commonly receives calls related to ADHD medications (which often contain amphetamines), albuterol inhalers and over the counter pain medications—all of which can cause serious and life-threatening toxicity in dogs and cats.
Lunchboxes Kids often leave leftover food in their lunchboxes. APCC has received reports of pets becoming very ill after getting into lunchboxes containing toxic foods such as grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts and occasionally, moldy foods. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for a complete list of potentially dangerous items.
We’re wishing your family a happy—and safe!—back-to-school season.
For more information visit www.aspca.org
If you are worried your pet as eaten ANYTHING toxic or bad or poison call Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435