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Pet Care Tips & Information

Xylitol:Deadly to Dogs
Below are serveral articles stating the dangers of Xylitol (found in most sugar-free candy/gum) when ingested by dogs. These pages will open in new windows.
Snopes.com: Xylitol Deadly to Dogs
No Sugar Coating: Products Sweetened With Xylitol Can Be Toxic To Dogs-ASPCA
AVMA: Case of Xylitol poisoning in dogs rises

Tips for pet care in Hot Weather

Exercise pets during the morning or evening when the temperatures are cooler.
Keep pets off of pavement. This area attracts the sun and warms up faster.
If possible, keep pets inside during hottest part of day.
Outside dogs should have plenty of shade available.
Plenty of cold water should be supplied regularly.
While traveling, water should be provided.
Never leave your pet in a parked car.

Tips for pet care in Cold Weather

Cats will climb into the engine of a vehicle during cold weather. To prevent injury to your pet remember to give a good tap to the hood before cranking up. This will scare away any sleeping babies before injuries can occur.
Provide shelter for the animals outside to protect them from the cold winter wind.
Inside the shelter insulation should be added that does not retain moisture. When hair the hair is wet on your pet it flattens and results in loss of insulation. This also causes a significant loss of vital body heat.

Why should I microchip my animals?
Animal Shelters report, of all the pets lost, only a surprising 2% of cats and 16% of dogs are returned to their owners. In most cases, there is no identification on the animal. Whether the owners never put an ID tag on the pet or the pet becomes separated from the collar that holds that ID, your babies are still left in the shelter. There is a solution though. Getting your pet a microchip keeps them safe with or without a collar. All pets, upon arriving at the shelter, are scanned. Scanning is an electronic handheld that looks for any microchip. The microchip then gives the information needed to get your pet back to its owner. Microchips are available at all your local veterinarians office.

101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet
Make your home a safer place for your pets by keeping them away from the pollowing hazzards.

Around the House:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, asprin), Acetaminophen, Cold and flu medications, Antidepressants, Vitamins, Home insect products, Rat and mouse bait, Bleach, Diet pills, Disinfectants, Fabric Softner, Lead, Lighter fluid, Mothballs, Anti-cancer drugs, Solvents (paint thinners, etc.), Some flea and tick products, Drain cleaners, Liquid Potpourri, Slug and snail bait, Oven cleaner sprays, Lime/Scale Remover, Fly bait, Detergents, Tobacco products.

Plants:
Aloe, Amaryllis, Andromeda Japonica, Asian Lily, Asparagus Fern, Australian Nut, Autumn Crocus, Azalea, Belladonna, Bird of Paradise, Bittersweet, Black Locust, Branching Ivy, Buckeye, Buddhist Pine, Caladium, Calla Lily, Castor Bean, Ceriman, Clematis, Cordatum, Corn Plant, Cycads, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Daylily, Devil’s Ivy, Dieffenbachia, Dumbcane, Easter Lily, Elephant Ears, Emerald Fern, English Ivy, Eucaplyptus, Ferns, Fiddle-leaf Philodendron, Florida Beauty, Foxglove, Glacier Ivy, Gladiolas, Gold Dust Dracaena, Golden Pothos, Heavenly Bamboo, Honeysuckle, Hurricane Plant, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Iris, Jerusalem Cherry, Jimson Weed, Kalanchoe, Lantana, Lilies (all Lilium species), Lily of the Valley, Lupine, Marble Queen, Morning Glory, Mother-In-Law,Mountain Laurel, Narcissus, Needlepoint Ivy, Nephthysis, Nightshade, Oleander, Panda, Peace Lily, Philodendron, Poison Hemlock, Prdatory Bean (roasary pea), Brivet, Red Emerald, Rhododendron, Ribbon Plant, Sago Palm, Satin Pothos, Schefflera, Striped Dracaena, Sweetheart Ivy, Tulip, Water Hemlock, Wisteria, Yew, Yucca.

Foods:
Avocados, Chocolate (all forms), Coffee (all forms), Onions and onion powder, garlic, grapes, raisins, Macadamia Nuts, Alcoholic Beverages, Moldy/Spoiled Foods, Salt, Fatty Foods, Gum, Candy, or other foods sweetened with xylitol, Tea leaves, raw yeast dough.

Objects:
Balls (specifically if small or smooth), Batteries, Bread Twist Ties, Buttons, Coins, Cotton Swabs, Glass, Hair Pins, Jewelry, Nylons, Paper Clips, Plastic Wrap, Socks, Rubber Bands, Sharp Objects, String, yarn, or dental floss, Towels, Wax.

Troubled Areas:
Balconies, Tubs or sinks, Doors and windows, Electrical Cords, Fireplace, Washer and dryer.

Outside:
Algae, Antifreeze/Coolant, Fire pit/grill, fences or gates, Deck lattice, De-icing salts, Compost, Gasoline, Oil, Pesticides, Cocoa bean shell mulch fertalizer, Swimming pools and hot tubs.

Holidays:
Valentine’s Day-Flowers and candy. Easter-fake grass, and small toys. 4th of July-Fireworks. Halloween-Repeatedly opening doors, candles, xylitol, chocolate, all candy. Thanksgiving-Bones, hot containers. Christmas-Plants, ribbons, bubbling lights, anger hair (spun glass), Christmas tree water, decoration hooks, styrofoam, ornaments. New Year’s-Balloons, confetti, loud noises.

Why Pet Restraint In Important

One thing that you are guaranteed to encounter on a trip to the vet office is animals. One thing we hope you will not encounter on that trip is unrestrained animals. Many people are unaware of just how important it is to have their pets restrained when they go to the vet. Some people argue that their dogs have never been on a leash or that they don’t like collars. Others worry that their cat will be unhappy being hauled around in a carrier. No one wants to make their pets unhappy but having them loose at a clinic is definitely the worse of the two evils. For every argument against leashing or crating pets there is a stronger one for it.

  • My pet does not leave my side. No matter how well trained a pet is, they can still slip up. Your baby may be glued to your hip at home but once placed in another environment anything can happen. Away from home animals are more easily distracted and frightened. With so much going on around them their behavior can easily stray from what you would consider their normal behavior. Other animals, strange people, passing cars, and possibly even the distant memory of their last set of shots can send your baby running for the door.
  • My pet is very friendly. Almost everyone is sure that their furry baby is friendly. But if your pet has never had contact with a certain type of animal (dog, cat, bird, etc.) or even a certain type of person (kids, elderly, different races or genders, etc.) then it is impossible to know how your pet will react. It is not uncommon for pets to be fine with one type of animal and not another (same or different from them). Nor is it unusual for them to react differently towards children or someone who is the opposite sex of their owner. These are quirks your pet may have that you do not want to find out about the hard way. Then there is always the fact that no matter how friendly and socialized your baby is, that does not mean the other animals in the room are. You don’t want your unleashed dog gleefully greeting the dog-aggressive pooch leashed on the other side of the room.
  • Being in a carrier or on a leash stresses my pet out. Being restrained won’t traumatize your pet nearly as much as some of the things that could happen when they are loose. Small dogs and cats seem determined to find the smallest place they can squeeze in your car and wrestling them out or discovering they are stuck is not the way you want to start your appointment. Then there is the task of transporting your animal from the car to the building. A running squirrel or honking car horn can easily send your pet flying away from you, whether it’s to give chase or run for their lives. Vet offices are usually located near main roads. A bolting animal and speeding car is a recipe for disaster. Even if they manage to avoid the road, being lost is not a picnic. They will have to deal with stray or wild animals, the weather, dangerous plants and objects, and even people. Not everyone likes animals. And the dangers they encounter on their walkabout can last much longer than the time they are missing. Injuries can do permanent damage; certain diseases can travel back with your pet to your other animals; things like poison oak can come back on their fur spreading to everything they touch, including you.
  • If these aren’t good enough reasons to restrain your pet then perhaps this is, it’s the law. Most cities require all animals within city limits or in public places to be restrained. Failing to do so can get you into a lot of trouble even if your pet manages to avoid any catastrophes. Keeping your baby restrained and under control while at the vet’s office, or anywhere away from home is the safest thing you can do for them. They may not like it at first, but they will adapt and the alternatives can be much worse.