Pets and Hot Cars

Unfortunately, people still don’t understand that leaving your pet in the car during hot weather is a bad idea. Dr. Ernie Ward shows us how bad it is inside the car.



Health Benefits of Cat Purring

A Disabled Puppy Is Given a Chance To Live

Warning, you might need a kleenex. So sweet! What a wonderful thing these people did for this puppy.


Buyer Beware

I was out at the farmers’ market yesterday and I came across a table where they had what looked like homemade (or at least not mass marketed) dog treats. Since I don’t have a dog anymore, I just glanced at them and was going to walk by when I saw the ‘flavor.’ It was peanut butter and bacon. I stopped and looked at them in confusion. Anyone else catch what the problem was? Yep, that’s right, it had pork in it. Those of you who follow my blog (thank you so much, by the way, I squeal whenever someone follows my blog, lol) may be familiar with my past post about the evils of pork: Pets and Pork Don’t Mix. If you haven’t read it, please click the link and check it out. It explains why pork is so bad for dogs and cats.

I waited until the woman working the table was finished with the people ahead of me and then I asked her about the treats. The treats said they had ‘natural flavors’ and she informed me that it was indeed real bacon as opposed to some kind of artificial flavoring. I told her about how pork was dangerous to the point of possibly being deadly for dogs and she was surprised. She had no idea and stated she’d never heard that before. Her attitude and body language also told me that she didn’t believe me. Now, normally I wouldn’t say anything more, but it would have been irresponsible of me to just leave. So, I told her I was an LVT, so that was how I knew. She nodded politely and I could tell she wasn’t the type who would do any research and that she would continue to sell those potentially deadly dog treats. Well, at least I informed her.

My purpose in writing this is to warn all of you and any other pet owners you know to ALWAYS read the ingredients in whatever you buy for your pets. Just because it’s ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ or whatever other catchy term the companies are using now a days doesn’t mean it’s safe. Just because it’s made by a ‘big name’ pet company doesn’t mean it’s safe, either. So, do your pets and your wallet (hospital bills can be expensive) a favor and always check ingredients before you buy!

Where to go if you need help?

Having pets can be expensive and while it is definitely worth it (in my humble opinion) having a few resources to turn to is nice. I have personally used care credit to get two more quality years of life with my best furry friend.

Please share this all over the place! 🙂

Is that a turtle in the road?

We’ve all seen it before. Some poor turtle is bound and determined to cross the road. I know I’ve stopped to help a turtle once or twice in my life. The Turtle Rescue League, a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts, has some great info on what to do if you find a turtle in the road.

Fear Body Language in Dogs

Dogs express fear via body language and knowing that body language can help prevent dog bites. This graphic does a pretty good job of showing the body language of fear in dogs. If you encounter a dog showing any of these signs, proceed with caution. He may bite out of fear.



Keeping Pets Safe in the Winter


Frostbite Prevention

Remove ice and snow from your pets paws and coat as often as you can while you’re outside and again when you come in. Frostbitten skin may turn reddish, white, or gray and may get scaly or slough off. If you think your pet has frostbite, take her to a warm place immediately. Apply warm (not hot!), moist towels to the affected area (changing frequently) until the area becomes flushed. Call your veterinarian as soon as possible as they will probably want to evaluate the extent of the damage and determine the seriousness of the condition.

Snow/Ice Removal Salt

Some substances used to melt ice and snow have low to moderate toxicity for your pet. Read the labels and take the necessary precautions. Make sure you remove salt from your pet’s paws immediately to prevent ingestion. If possible, buy pet ‘friendly’ salt, but I would still advise removing that from your pet’s feet, as well.


Even a single lick of antifreeze can be deadly for your pet. ALL antifreeze products on the market are toxic. Thoroughly clean up spills immediately and keep containers closed tightly and away from pets. If you think your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Outdoor Pets

Housing: Make sure your outdoor pet has a warm, insulated shelter. It should be elevated somewhat to prevent moisture accumulation inside. If possible provide a door of some kind, maybe canvas, to keep out winter winds. If your pet is in a pen, you can stretch canvas over the top of it and provide protection from winds using bales of straw. If the wind chill or winds become severe, bring your pet inside!

Cats, in particular, will sometimes climb onto vehicle engines for warmth. Before starting your vehicle, knock on the hood and honk the horn. Even if your own outdoor cat doesn’t do this, a neighbor’s cat might. Better safe than sorry.

Food and Water: Staying warm in the winter requires extra calories, so feed your pet accordingly when the temperatures drop. Talk to your veterinarian for her/his specific advice for your pet and increasing food. Always make sure your pet has access to fresh, clean water. Check it frequently and replace it as it may freeze if it gets cold enough. Water bowls that plug in and keep water from freezing are an excellent investment.


Following these tips will help keep your pets safe and warm during the blustery winter season!

Rescued Barred Owls

Did you know that not only does the Humane Society care for the plight of domestic animals, but it also has a wildlife division, Humane Wildlife Services? Together with the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, they rescued a nesting pair of barred owls. Currently the Humane Wildlife Services only services the DC and northern Virginia area, but what a great service created by the HSUS.


How Animals See the World

Have you ever wondered how your cat or dog sees the world around her? I found this awesome graphic that shows not only cats and dogs, but other animals as well. It’s fascinating to me to think of the different ways that animals take in information around them. They see things we don’t, smell things we don’t, and hear things we don’t. The world is a completely different place for them than it is for us.



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