Pet Safety Tips

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By | May 24th, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips| Helping Dogs Adjust to Being Home Alone Again

CDC pet guidelines for Covid19

By | April 28th, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

coronavirus pandemic: CDC updates guidelines for pets By Emily Bamforth, Updated 1:56 PM; Today 1:05 PM A resident wearing a mask walks her dog on the streets of Beijing on Thursday, March 5, 2020.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)AP CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Outdoor cats should be kept inside during the coronavirus pandemic, and dogs need to stay six feet apart, under new guidelines issued by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Federal officials announced last week that two cats in New York were the first pets in the United States known to be infected with the coronavirus. The United States Department of Agriculture is now keeping a list of infected animals on its website. Both cats showed respiratory symptoms before testing. One cat’s owner had already tested positive for COVID-19. There is no recommendation to widely test animals at this point, and pets have no known role in spreading the virus to humans, according to a federal statement. Federal officials announced on April 5 that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive,as several big cats showed respiratory symptoms. SARS, the coronavirus that bears 80% similarity to the virus that causes COVID-19, infected cats in an experimental setting, but there [...]


By | March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Pet Safety Tips|    

Winter Pet Protection Tips

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips| Winter pet protection tips by Nancy Brown Here are tips to consider to keep both you and your pets safe and comfortable this winter: Check the hood of your car. Felines often sleep in wheel wells for warmth. If your cat is an outdoor community cat, offer shelter. Amazon has heated cat houses or you can provide them with a dry, draft-free shelter that the cat can move around in freely, stuffed with straw and raised a few inches off the ground. Provide extra food and water. Pets, like humans, deplete energy in keeping warm. Check bowls often for freezing. If you walk your dog make sure both of you have reflective material on. Obey the leash laws. Keep your dog on a leash that is made for his size and strength. Cloth and leather leashes are a safer choice versus a retractable. Understand the wind chill: it impacts humans and pets alike. Bundle them up too. Go for shorter walks, leave them at home and not in the car, and know that pets are prone to hypothermia and frostbite just like you! Watch for chemicals used to melt ice. Use a damp towel to gently wipe paws before [...]

Helping your new pet adjust to your home.

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips| Helping your new pet adjust to your home after adoption by Nancy Brown Pet experts agree that most rescue pets, new puppies and kittens take three weeks to adjust and acclimate to the new environment and family members' routines. They also need time to figure out the pecking order in the home. If there is not one they will seize it. Preparing your children, home and yard to create a safe environment are a must. Reputable rescues will do a home visit and sometimes require pictures of your home and yard with an online application or interview. If you have standard fencing, check for loose boards and low or high spots; install locks and signs for gates. If you use electronic containment check for breaks in the line and only use recommended batteries for collars and change them as required. For fence jumpers you might consider electronic containment within your fence or safe tethering so the dog does not get hung up on the fence. Collar styles should be given consideration if your pet is a fence jumper too. Spend time bonding, training and exercising with your pets. Establish routines for consistency and comfort level. This will minimize anxiety [...]

Dog Parks

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

am not a Dog Park advocate. October 8, 2015 | Jill Kessler Miller AND HERE'S WHY: I don’t recommend dog parks. Not ever. The list of things that can go wrong is so long that it completely outweighs the possible attributes; note I say “possible,” because the positives are, in my opinion, only theoretical. First, dog parks are rife with disease, especially giardia. Soft stool, diarrhea that comes and goes, horrible gas? ​Have your vet run a test for giardia. And then, of course, there’s kennel cough, as well other fungi, viruses, fleas and worms. Second, I have seen way, way too many dog bites that have occurred at dog parks for my personal comfort. Mostly to other dogs, but also to people who reach in to break up a dog fight or a to grab their dog out of harm’s way. Even though signage clearly says “Enter at your own risk” and admonishes entrants that the liability they’re undertaking is their own, lawsuits more than often ensue. They’re never simple, they’re always stressful and it may threaten your homeowner’s insurance coverage in the future. But let’s look at it from a dog’s point of view. Dogs thrive on stable relationships. Notice I did [...]

Pets are children’s toys,

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Safety Tips|

Maleah Stringer column: Pets are not toys for children Maleah StringerFor The Herald Bulletin Feb 27, 2020 1 A man brought his dog to the Animal Protection League last week. He was very upset about having to surrender his dog; he had had him for four years, but it bit his child and he couldn’t have that. Engaging him in conversation, we learned valuable information. We learned that this is a very loving dog. We also learned that they allowed their child to poke, hit, pull on the tail and ears, climb on and tease the dog. He also admitted that the child was teasing him with food and the dog was simply trying to get the food and instead bit the child. And so, because this owner chose not to teach his child how to humanely interact with a pet and respect boundaries, this poor dog is scared out of his mind in a very stressful shelter. By not teaching these things to his child, he is also putting his child in danger. If he continues to interact with animals in this manner, at some point, he could be badly hurt. Now we have one more dog to find [...]

Rope Toy Warning

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Safety Tips|

Dog Given Away For Free on Facebook Turns Up at Shelter with Bite Marks On Her Face

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Safety Tips|

A dog given away for free on Facebook turned up two weeks later at a shelter with facial injuries much to the alarm of a rescue group. Happy Tails Animal Rescue shared Trixie’s heartbreaking story to caution dog owners to never advertise their dogs for free online. “THIS IS WHY YOU NEVER GIVE YOUR DOG AWAY ‘FREE TO GOOD HOME’ “Trixie is a young, loving 6 month old pup who has already seen the absolute horrors this world has to offer. Her old owner couldn’t care for her so gave her away on a Facebook page to what he thought was a ‘good home’. The disgusting humans who posed as a ‘good home’ promptly blocked Trixies old owner so he couldnt check in on her… and 2 weeks passed by before Trixie showed up at the local pound with horrific facial injuries. “In the below photo you can see how swollen this poor baby’s face was… she had been used as a ‘bait dog’ to train dog fighting dogs. We cannot even fathom the horror and pain this girl endured in those 2 weeks after she was given to a “good home”. “As soon as we heard about Trixies story, [...]

Winter Dog Tip

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

LIFESTYLE WITH DOG Practical Pampering Tips for Your Pooch This Winter The winter months come hand in hand with cold, wet weather and lots of mud, which is likely to affect your dog’s skin and coat – therefore, it’s important that you adjust your pooch’s pampering routine accordingly. That’s why in today’s post, the experts at Jaquar are discussing some practical pampering tips for your canine companion this winter. From ways to make bathtime a little more luxurious to creating your own healthy homemade treats and enjoying some one-on-one playtime, we’ve got you covered when it comes to pampering your pooch during the season’s cold chill. Bath time It’s to be expected that during winter, your furry friend is likely to get a little messier on walks than usual. Whether that’s because they decided to jump in a creek or roll around in some form of mud – your pet isn’t going to be looking their best upon their return home. This slippery coating is likely to leave your dog sliding around the tub – so, to protect against this, invest in some non-slip bath stickers inside the bath to make bath time a little easier and more enjoyable for [...]