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Sunday, July 1, 2018


For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him. 

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. 
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
  •  Keep your pets’ IDs up to date! It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number and any relevant contact information. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Friday, June 22nd is Take Your Dog To Work Day!  Here’s a brief history of how it all started. 

The day was created and celebrated for the first time on June 24, 1999 by Pet Sitters International. Designed to celebrate dogs as companions and encourage shelter adoptions, the Friday “howl”iday lets pet parents show co-workers (that aren’t pet owners) the joy of dog!

An estimated 300 companies participated in the first event and the celebration grows every year.  Pet Sitters International offers a free downloadable ACTION PACK including tips, events and more.  Check it out and remember to take your dog to work on June 22nd!

And, why not turn Take Your Dog To Work Day into an opportunity to also do something good FUR a charitable organization?Here are some ideas to help this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day a fun and meaningful event!

For Shelters:

Hold a “food drive” or “supply drive” for a local shelter in need.  Ask co-workers to bring in dog food, treats, paper towels, blankets, bleach, cat litter, toys etc. for a shelter that could really use the help.  Place a donation can in the break room or at the front reception desk and ask everyone to make a contribution.  

For Cancer Organizations:

Go PINK or PURPLE for the day!  Get dressed in the color of cancer you care about!  How about having a lunchtime speaker or health professional come in and talk about cancer prevention?  The American Cancer Society is a great resource and can help organize a Relay For Life fundraiser or cancer awareness effort.  Want to find out more about canine cancer?  Contact the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  They can provide information and handouts on cancer and your pet.  

For Earth Conservation Groups:

Want to find out more about holistic pet care?  Contact a local pet store or Veterinarian office and ask if they can provide some samples or handouts for the day.  Hold aluminum can or newspaper recycling event at the office to raise money for a local green space, Dog Park or other organization.