Spring Hazards For Your Pets

 

Spring is soon to arrive and with it new hazards for our furry friends.

Flowers/Plants

Tulips

Hyacinths

Daffodils

Crocuses

Lilies

Lily of the Valley

Foxglove

Azalea

Rhododendron

Yew Bushes

Basically, if it’s an Easter style or spring type potted plant, keep it away from your pet. If you’re uncertain, the ASPCA has a great website that shows toxic and non-toxic plants.

Garden/Outdoor Chemicals

Anything meant to kill a pest is probably toxic to your pet. This would include, but not be limited to things like:

Gopher bait

Rodenticide

Slug bait

Anything you wouldn’t drink/eat, your pet probably shouldn’t, either:

Antifreeze (or any other automotive chemicals)

Fertilizer

Herbicide

Blood/Bone Meal

Cocoa Mulch (or any mulch, as they can be treated with all sorts of chemicals)

Weed Killers

Indoor Hazards

Again, if you wouldn’t eat it/drink it, don’t let your pet:

Absolutely all cleaners (even if they are non-toxic to humans)

Paint

Mineral Spirits/Solvents

Human medications (just a reminder as some people may not take meds except for certain allergy prone times of the year and may forget to keep them in cupboards and away from pets)

Spring is the time for lots of home improvement projects. Don’t underestimate your pet’s curiosity, even if they seem afraid of the area when you’re around. Keep things put away and out of reach or keep the area closed off from your pet. Just because you wouldn’t eat a box of nails, doesn’t mean your pet wouldn’t.

All Easter decorations, especially the little strips of plastic green grass. Ingested by your pet they can cause an obstruction that could lead to death.

Open windows: if you are going to open your windows to let the fresh, spring air in, please make sure you have your screens back on. Pets can jump out windows and be hurt or lost without screens in place, even if you only opened the window a crack. It’s amazing what they can squeeze through.

Human Foods

Alright, so just because you would eat it, doesn’t mean your pet should:

Pork

Chocolate

Sugarless candies which may contain Xylitol

Honestly, if it’s not labeled as food for your pet and your veterinarian hasn’t given you the ok, it’s just safer not to give it to them. It’s better that their begging goes unfulfilled than your pockets get emptied of thousands of dollars in hospitalization fees, or worse, your furry friend dies. The ASPCA has a list of foods not to feed your pet, but it is woefully short.

While this post is not all inclusive, I hope it gives you an idea of things to keep away from your pets and helps you keep them safe as you enjoy the journey with your furry friends.

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! 🙂

Puppy Bowl 2013

I’ll admit, I’m pretty excited to watch the Superbowl this year and I don’t have Animal Planet, so I’ll be missing out anyway, but for those of you looking for something else to watch Superbowl Sunday (February 3rd), the Puppy Bowl is for you! It airs on Animal Planet from 3-5, but check your local listings to make sure.

I’ve already chosen my favorite contender:

And never fear cat lovers, there’s a kitty halftime show!

Don’t forget there will be the Kiss Cam and the Water bowl Cam as well as a few new and exciting ‘cams.’ Also, word on the street is that this year’s cheerleaders will be a hedgehog cheering squad!

All of the animals playing in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters from around the U.S. and Puerto Rico and are up for adoption.

Comedy Barn Canines

In case you needed proof that shelter dogs are ‘just as good’ as pure breds…

 

New Michigan Dog Fighting Laws

So very proud that my state has passed three new laws that make it an even more serious crime to be involved in ANY way with dog fighting. Dog fighting is despicable, disgusting, and the ‘sport’ of cowardly people. You like to see fights? Get in there and fight yourself. Don’t force animals to bleed and die for your amusement.

 

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This should never be the fate of any animal.

Hopefully, as people become more aware of the reality of dog fighting (yes, it really is happening in your state, possibly even your city), we will be able to eradicate it and give these animals the happy lives that they deserve.

 

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Published in: on December 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens?

Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens?.

This is a great post listing some reasons why you should think twice about giving a pet as a Christmas gift. I’m not saying absolutely don’t give one, but there are a LOT of things to consider before doing it. Thousands of dogs and cats are relinquished to shelters every year after having been given as Christmas presents.

Here is the ASPCA’s stance on gifting a pet for Christmas.

Here is a really good article that goes into a bit more detail about what it costs to have a dog/puppy and what to consider about giving a dog as a gift. Most of the things to consider apply to cats, too, so don’t be fooled into thinking that cats are ‘easier.’ They just have their own set of needs.

I just want to reiterate that I’m not saying don’t give a pet as a gift, but I am saying be completely certain it’s the right thing to do for the gift recipient and for the animal. A pet is a life long commitment not only of time, but of money and emotional investment. A pet is a living creature that can’t simply be tossed away with wrapping paper if it’s the wrong gift for someone. They can’t be exchanged at a white elephant party. A pet is a gift that will be around for up to twenty years or more depending on the breed and species, so be prepared for a lifelong companion. If you decide a pet is the right gift, please consider adopting from your local shelter.

 

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The pets affected by hurricane Sandy need your help!

 

Hurricane Sandy has left a swath of devastation in its wake. People and their pets are in need of any and all help we can provide for them. Here are donation links for the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA.

The lives of both people and animals have been turned upside down. In the chaos, people find comfort in the normalcy of their pets and vice versa. For other pets, they may be separated from their owners or their owners may be dead. These pets are frightened, cold, and hungry and the world around them is filled with chaos. Please help if you can.
If you have links for other disaster relief organizations for pets, please list them in the comments.

Michael Vick Has A New Dog

This story broke on October 12th and I have been pondering it ever since. When Michael Vick was released from prison after serving his full term for dog fighting, I was outraged that the Humane Society was using him as an advocate for animal rights. How the hell could he know anything about animal rights when he so blatantly didn’t even see animals as anything more than gladiatorial amusement? After some thought, though, I came to the conclusion that being involved with the Humane Society might do him some good. Aside from having to do some court appointed community service type stuff, this might help him become a better person.

Ok, alright, I’m good with that.

Now, he has a dog. Again, my immediate gut reaction was anger. Here’s a man who abused dogs being allowed to have another dog. Who the hell thought this was a good idea? Then I thought about it. And thought about it. And thought about it some more. I still don’t know what I think.

Part of me is still angry, but another part of me hopes that this will help not only Michael Vick, but his family, as well. He has children to raise and hopefully he can teach them to respect and care for animals, not abuse them. I also hope that this will reach the fans of his who think dog fighting is ok. I hope that they will learn to treat animals with respect. People make mistakes and, in the best of cases, they learn from those mistakes. Dog fighting is a terrible epidemic all over this country and if this can shed light on it and make it less appealing to people, then maybe he and his family should have a dog.

What do you think?

Published in: on October 18, 2012 at 10:47 am  Comments (1)  
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Larry the Dog Fights Back Against Puppy Mills

“This October 28, Larry’s going to step up his game and take some real action for dogs in puppy mills. He’s going to raise money for animals, increase awareness about puppy mills, and work off the weight he put on over the summer by running the Los Angeles Rock N Roll Half Marathon as part of Team ASPCA.” – ASPCA

Puppy mills are places where hundreds of dogs live together in dirty, cramped conditions (and that’s putting it mildly). They’re places where female dogs are bred over and over, no rest in between, well into what would be their 60’s+ in human years.

Help Larry raise money for the ASPCA and donate to his cause!

 

 

Charity Dine with the ASPCA

From July 11th to July 16th, the ASPCA and restaurant.com have a cool promotion going. You can buy a $200 restaurant.com gift card for $30. 10% of the proceeds go to the ASPCA. That’s a nice date night! These would make great gifts, too!

Published in: on July 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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