Pet Safety Tips

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The dirty truth about how top-selling dog foods could actually be harming your dog’s health!

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Dear Fellow Dog Lover, You want the best for your dog - especially when it comes to his food. You read labels and try to choose the brand and formula that will nourish your furry friend. That's why you'll be as shocked as I was, to discover that dozens of today's top-selling brands - names you thought you could trust, like Beneful, Pedigree, Purina and more - may not contain the wholesome, healthy ingredients you want for your dog. Take Beneful. The package makes it look like manna from heaven with a healthy pup, fresh veggies, and what look like real chunks of meat. Unfortunately, the pictures make the food seem better than it is. The reality is this stuff is AWFUL for your dog. It's full of sugar, artificial colors, and 3 unnamed animal sources. And very little vegetables. Or look at Kibbles 'n Bits Bistro Meals Grilled Chicken Flavor. If only it contained the grilled chicken they show on the bag instead of loads of low-quality ingredients and "animal digest" - the real source of the chicken flavor. Another terrible food is Pedigree Complete Nutrition for Adult Dogs. Made with an inferior, cheap source of protein, it's a wonder it could maintain any [...]

DIY Tick Repellent for Your Dog

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Cleveland News, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Far be it from us to tell you to put pesticides on your dog. But we've never heard of a single nontoxic preparation that was effective at keeping ticks off all dogs. For some dogs, only the potent pesticides seem to keep ticks away. There are, however, some nontoxic products - both commercially produced and homemade formulas - that work to repel ticks well enough to consider using them as part of a comprehensive Lyme disease prevention program. In 1994, botanist Arthur O. Tucker reviewed the scientific literature on herbs that repel mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks, and similar pests. He found that opopanax myrrh (Commiphora erythaea), the myrrh of ancient Egypt, has been shown to repel adults of the African brown ear, deer, black-footed, lone star, and American dog tick. Because opopanax myrrh is not widely sold, Tucker speculated that the more readily available common myrrh (C. myrrha) might have similar properties, but herbalists who experiment with live ticks report that of the herbs said to repel them, including myrrh, rosemary, and California laurel, only rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbagopogon martini motia), which has a similar fragrance, and opopanax myrrh truly repel deer and dog ticks. CJ Puotinen, author [...]

No More Tug-of-War Walks!

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Teach your dog to stop leash-pulling and dragging, and to walk politely on a leash... ...with Whole Dog Journal's exclusive eBook Walking Your Dog. This must-have guide gives you clear, step-by-step instructions (with detailed photos) from Whole Dog Journal's expert trainers and behavior specialists. This easy-to-follow ebook will soon have you on your way to finally enjoying a nice, peaceful walk with your dog. Teaching your dog to walk politely at your side seems easy, right? Newsflash: it often proves to be one of - if not THE most - challenging behavior for dog owners to teach their dog. Sure, your dog may walk politely down his regular route, but does he try to bolt the instant he's in a new setting? He's not the only one! Even if your dog responds flawlessly to cues like "Sit!" and "Down"... is letter-perfect in targeting and "Leave it!" exercises... has the most reliable recall... there are certainly times when he has gleefully dragged you all over the place. No more! Walking Your Dog's easy-to-follow instructions show you the simple steps needed to make your walks a pleasure! Inside you'll find exercises and tips like: The proper way to walk with a loose leash, and how to make it fun [...]

Whole Dog Daily – Physical and Mental Stimulation

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Excerpted from Decoding Your Dog by Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, DACVB and John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB For dogs and humans alike, physical exercise is fundamental to good health. We all know the couch-potato lifestyle comes with a host of health problems. But in dogs, a lack of activity can also prompt nuisance behaviors. The majority of dogs were bred with a working purpose in mind - and that's not just the herding and hunting breeds. For example, the seemingly dainty Yorkshire Terrier was originally meant for rat hunting. Providing dogs with vigorous, daily exercise has profound effects on their behavior. Tired dogs chew less, bark less, sleep more, and are more likely to relax when home alone. A good daily workout and, if the dog is social, regular play sessions with other dogs are great ways to exercise a dog. So is time spent interacting with his owners, whether that's playing hide-and-seek in the yard or coming along to the office. If, like Anna's rowdy, a dog gets hours of exercise every day and still tears through the trash or disembowels the bedroom pillows, it's safe to assume he lacks mental stimulation. Much as people turn to crossword puzzles, books, chess games, [...]

Benefits of Hiring a PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Benefits of Hiring a MID-DAY DOG WALKER

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

PET SUMMER SAFETY GUIDE

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Beat the heat and keep your pets safe this summer!

July Fourth Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Loud noises can terrify pets, so don't include them when celebrations will include fireworks. The HSUS. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. Help your pets keep their cool: Follow our four steps for making them safe during loud—and hot—warm weather festivities. 1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times. 2. If your pet is scared [...]

Emergency Pet Poisoning

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Retractable Leashes: Dangerous And Deadly For Dogs And Humans

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: General, Pet Safety Tips|

Consumer Reports first sounded the alarm, “Retractable leashes pose problems for people and their pets,” and it’s no exaggeration. Retractable leashes are wildly popular and are sold at every pet store or available online. People often choose them thinking it will give their dog a little extra freedom to sniff and poke around on walks. Unfortunately, the upside to this type of leash is far outweighed by the risks they pose. A retractable leash is a length of thin cord wrapped around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle that fits comfortably in a human hand. A button on the handle controls the amount of cord that’s extended. As that cord plays out, the dog is less confined to walking beside you. Some cords extend up to 26 feet. A dog at the end of a retractable leash can get far enough away from their human to get into trouble–able to run into the street or to make uninvited contact with other dogs and people. If your dog is on a retractable leash and approached by an aggressive dog, it’s hard to get control of the situation. It’s easier to protect an animal on a standard leash than one [...]