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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

10 Links for Happy Holidays for Pets

We love our pets; they're part of the family! So, of course, we want to include them in our holiday festivities.

But to keep everyone happy and safe, there are a number of things we need to do. For instance, if your pet doesn't enjoy crowds, forcing him or her into that situation won't be any fun. So instead, maybe leave them at home and have a pet sitter stop over to visit (or stay) while you are away. Of if the party is at your house, give your pet a quiet place to hand out, where they won't be disturbed. And make sure that no one slips any food or drink to your pet - not everyone knows what's safe for your pet.

Check out the following sites for great tips on a Happy Holiday for you and your pet:

December 22 is “National Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day!”

Have you heard? December 22 is “National Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day!”

  • Keep cats and dogs indoors. If they must be outside for a period of time, ensure that they have a warm, dry place to hang out and access to water (you may need to use a heated dish!).
  • Clear a path in the snow/ice and use a pet-friendly, no-salt ice melt such as Morton Safe-T-Pet.
  • Keep your dog on a short leash and stay out just long enough for the dogs to relieve themselves.
  • Remove snow and ice from the paws and fur after leash walks.
  • Check warm spots on cars, such as hoods, where animals might seek shelter from the cold.
  • Be sure pets are wearing identification tags and proper outerwear as needed.
  • Protect short haired or sensitive dogs during walks by using coats and boots. (or something like Musher’s Secret, which protects pads)

Check out the ASPCA site for more info: ASPCA National Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day page

Thursday, November 10, 2011

5 Links for National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month
One more thing we have in common with our pets: pets can get diabetes. In recognition of National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some links to help you learn what to what out for, how pets are tested for diabetes, and how we can help our pets.

And, as always, don't hesitate to talk to your vet about any concerns/questions you have about your pet's health!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

15 Links: Halloween & Pets = Fun!

OK, sure, it's always sad to say good bye to Summer, but rather than dwell on that, let's get ready for the next Big Fun Holiday: Halloween!

There are lots of ways to include your pet in your Halloween fun. But it's important to keep safety in mind, and to consider your pet's personality. If they prefer to sit this one out, give them someplace quiet to hang out until it's all over.

Either way, here are some ideas and tips for a great Halloween:

Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween Pet Treats

Hint: You might want to keep some dog treats handy for any furry trick-or-treaters!

Halloween Pet Trivia

Halloween Pet Costumes/Costume Ideas

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Did you know? September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit and

Don't forget to prepare your pets too!

Updated 9/2/2011 to add another link

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Did you know? August 7-13, 2011 is International Assistance Dog Week (IADW)

An Assistance Dog, also known as a Service Dog, is a dog trained to aid or assist a person with a disability. The jobs these dig perform are as unique as the people that they help. Some examples include: guide dogs for the blind; hearing/signal dogs for the deaf or hard of hearing; and mobility assistance dogs trained to assist a physically disabled person.

The goals of IADW are to:
  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy raisers and trainers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities

Here's a good set of tips on how to interact with a person and their service dog:

You can learn more about International Assistance Dog Week at and here are some additional ideas on how to get involved: Tips from Canine Companions for Independence

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Be Kind to Animals Week May 1 to 7, 2011Did you

Did you know that May 1 to 7, 2011 is "Be Kind to Animals Week?"

Or, as we know it around EXTRA kind to animals week. ;-) For more information and ideas, check out:


Monday, March 14, 2011

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Find out about the obvious, and not so obvious, poisons that could hurt your pets...before something bad happens.

For any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have questions about brushing your pet's teeth?

Want to learn more about brushing your pet's teeth? Check this out: