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Keep your pets home and safe!

By | June 29th, 2019|Categories: Pet Advice|

By | June 19th, 2019|Categories: Pet Advice|

Have you really ever investigated what it says on those little flags that are put on residents' lawns after chemical applications? Or questioned the lingering smell or residue after bug spray inside your home? The consequences of traps and deadly bait? How long should those flags be displayed? Just what does the real warning to "stay off" mean to people, pets and our environment? Were you crazed by the ants you found in the house and just started spraying or signed up for a service without digging deep into the potential chemical consequences? Exposure to lawn chemicals can occur from the winds blowing it around. We even bring those chemicals in our homes because they are on our clothing. You do not have to have a pet to get fleas. You can bring them in on your tennis shoes! Animals not only breathe in the chemicals, they can also absorb them through their pads and skin. Some dogs like to lick and eat grass. Unfortunately they can't read the warning sign. Nor can they comprehend the deadly consequences of herbicides and fertilizers. To protect your pets, children and yourself, have a clear understanding of the toxicity of dry and wet [...]

Dental Health

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

“Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems.  Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.” (The American Veterinary Medical Association)

It’s summer! Please don’t leave your dog in your car!

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Every spring and summer there are many well-meaning animal lovers who leave their (primarily) dogs in vehicles while they shop or run errands without realizing that their beloved pet may end up suffering — or even dying — due to the effects of heatstroke. Most people don’t know that even on mild days, with temperatures in the low to mid-70’s, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach 100 degrees. In warmer, 85-degree weather, temperatures can reach 120 degrees within a half hour, even if a car window is left open a crack. Leaving animals unattended in a vehicle on a warm or hot day  is not only unsafe, it’s also illegal. Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably cause suffering, disability, or death is a crime that carries with it up to six months in jail in L.A. (Penal Code 597.7). Click here to read the entire article on and for links to download the Hot Oven, Hot Car poster.

What to do if your dog’s been skunked

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice|

Spring brings us pretty flowers, chirping birds, and litters of kittens that come from roaming unneutered cats. Other wildlife comes out of their winter nests to forage for food and mating too. Typically this activity is at a peak in early spring and fall when the weather is warmer. One of the most active critters that we see or smell the entire spring and summer season is the little black-and-white varmint known as a skunk. They are typically active at dawn and dusk. No matter their size, skunks can secrete from their specialized anal sacs for several feet a potent and foul smelling oil that sometimes can be harmful – even deadly – to dogs if the spray gets in their eyes, nose or throat. Skunks have tested positive for rabies in the United States and Canada. This is another well-documented reason why our pets need to be current on immunizations. Save yourself the stress and mess of using tomato juice, vinegar, pretty smelling soaps or shampoo. There are three safe and effective products to have on hand for a veterinarian-approved recipe you can make in your own kitchen to neutralize the skunk spray on your dog. Simply mix together 1/4 [...]

He’s Growling – But What Is He Really Saying?

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Pet Advice|

GRRRRRRR...... Unless your dog's protecting you, it's a sound you don't want to hear. But growling is a valuable means of communication for your dog, and it's a language that's important for you to understand. Let Growling be your translation guide. Brought to you from the editors of Whole Dog Journal, Growling - Understanding Your Dog's Language will immediately become an important resource for you by explaining: Why your dog growls (is it stress or pain?) How punishing a growl will lead to biting without warning What easy-to-use techniques will make your dog less compelled to growl Plus, Growling will teach you how to identify your dog's "stressors" (one is a common household appliance!), what to do first if your dog growls, and how to recognize if your dog is resource guarding. Growling is an important part of your dog's speech - learn to understand it and how to prevent it from becoming a bite, with this unique publication. Order your downloadable copy today!   LEARN MORE

The Best Food-Dispensing Toys 2019

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice|

If you're not using treat-dispensing toys with your dog, you're missing out on one of the greatest training inventions of the last 100 years - seriously! These wonderful tools and toys can help you with a long list of dog-training and -management challenges, including boredom-busting, excessively fast eating, high-energy consumption, building mental skills, counter-conditioning, redirecting inappropriate behavior, and much more. In the mid-1980s, when I acquired my first Australian Kelpie, food-stuffed toys were an unknown. A tennis ball was "the thing" - and Keli, my Kelpie, was quite addicted to hers. Then we discovered the Kong. Still perceived primarily as a fetch toy in those days, the hollow, snowman-shaped, hard, rubber toy delighted my dog with its high-flying unpredictable bounces. Almost as good as herding sheep! She switched her allegiance from ball to Kong.   Read the Full Article

Your dog is trying to talk to you. Are you listening?

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice|

Don't ignore him! You can recognize what your dog is saying to you - even what he's thinking - just by learning his body language. Have you ever noticed how a puppy yawns when picked up? He's trying to calm himself down. Have you noticed that your dog barks at seemingly random times - even if he's not a "barker"? This is a reaction to something you've not noticed. Stay alert, and you'll begin to pick up what your dog is telling you - things like… - What stresses him out when he goes outside - "I'm really bored!" - The best time to eat - "Leave me alone!" Decoding Your Dog is a revolutionary book that will show you how to use canine communication techniques to eliminate "bad" behaviors - like seemingly random barking - and encourage "good" ones, such as politely greeting strangers. You'll learn how an eye movement can lessen your dog's anxiety...when a growl isn't aggressive...when that adorable, wide-eyed look isn't a good thing...and the one thing to do that will help your dog calm down when he seems like he's lost it! Don't let a language barrier hold you back from building a better relationship with [...]

Do not let Fido get you a ticket!

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

According to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer, just under 1,200 dogs are current on 2019 county dog licenses for both Westlake and Bay Village combined. That is a significant decline from previous years. At this time the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is monitoring communities that are or have become non-compliant with keeping current licenses on dogs. However, our dog population has not declined with dogs walking in our communities, visible in our parks, animal hospitals and other professional pet care providers caring for new and multiple pet family members. Alarming is the frustrating and growing presence of "no tags or collar" in animal facilities and on social media. The Ohio Codified Ordinance 955.01 states, in brief: "Ohio law requires owners of dogs to purchase/renew their dog license each year between December 1 and January 31." Fines are applicable for late registration of a county dog license application. Fines from local law enforcement can range from $20 and up per incident. Some municipalities have also retained dogs until the owner could prove or provide proof of a current tag and then been fined a daily charge for the dog being held. Even if you missed the renewal period to purchase a [...]

Inspect Your Fence!

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Please remember to check gates and fencing as sometimes they are left open or not properly secured by lawn care, heavy winds and other individuals entering the premises.  Consider attaching a sign that says “please close gate.”  You can also secure gates with bungee cords (which might be chewed), locks or clips.   This is also a good time to inspect fencing and to insure electronic containment is working properly and to mark it for landscapers. Check around your fencing to look for low areas where animals may have dug in or the ground has shifted around your fencing. If putting up or modifying fencing inspect it well to insure it is secured properly and how much space is visible from the fence to the ground. Consider adhering chicken wire fencing to the bottom.  Since some pets can scale or jump fencing don’t leave choke collars on dogs so they don’t get hung on fence.  Consider electronic containment or good tethering within fencing. Remember with just electronic containment you are containing your pet but not keeping others out.  Have a clear understanding of boundaries and what potential issues can arise with electronic fencing (deliveries, power outages, etc).  Check city ordinances [...]