7 Important Steps You Need To Follow To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July

More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, and only 14% of them are returned home from the shelter. Most pets panic from the loud booming of fireworks and unfamiliar smells which causes them to run off in search of safety. It is very likely that they will become lost, injured, or worse.

It is extremely important that all pet owners become educated on how to prepare for the 4th of July so their pets remain safe, calm, and happy.

1.  Keep your pets inside at all times. The safest scenario possible is to keep pets secured inside once the parties and fireworks start. Even if your dog is used to being outside, the anxiety and loud noises from the holiday can cause him to break his restraint or jump over a fence in search of safety.

2.  Walk your dog, play with your pets, and give them plenty of exercise early in the day before the parties begin. Make sure your pet has had plenty of exercise before she has to stay inside for long hours during the party or fireworks to reduce her anxiety, help her sleep, and reduce the likelihood she will escape when the fireworks start.

3.  Leave your pets at home during the fireworks. Make sure your pet feels as safe as possible by making it easy for him to access his crate or “safe place” in your house. Create a safe haven for him in a sheltered, escape-proof part of your home with access to plenty of water. Leave your dog with a frozen treat to keep him occupied and distracted during this stressful time. Turn music or the TV on for background noise to help mask the sound of the fireworks.

4.  Keep charcoal, matches, fireworks, glow sticks, and sparklers in a safe place where your curious animals cannot reach them. It may seem obvious to keep fireworks that are lit away from everyone, but it is also extremely important to keep unused fireworks away as well. Some fireworks are made with toxic chemicals such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other lethal ingredients that are very dangerous for dogs.  Some matches contain chlorates that can cause difficulty breathing, damage to blood cells, and kidney disease if ingested.

5.  Keep human food and alcohol out of reach. In the tragic event that your dog, cat, or small animal does get lost, it would be devastating if they didn’t have any way of being identified. Without proper identification, it is nearly impossible to reunite a lost pet with its owner. A microchip and ID tag are the best options for ensuring you will be reunited.

6. Make sure your pets have visible, easy to read, up-to-date ID tags on their collars at all times. In the tragic event that your dog, cat, or small animal does get lost, it would be devastating if they didn’t have any way of being identified. Without proper identification, it is nearly impossible to reunite a lost pet with its owner. A microchip and ID tag are the best options for ensuring you will be reunited.

7. Take a current photo of your pet that you can easily access in case your pet gets lost. Many of us are addicted to taking pictures of our pets, sometimes every day! However, you want to be sure you have a clear, current, full picture of your pet in case of an emergency for easy identification.

The absolute safest option for your pet on the 4th of July is to completely exclude her from the party and fireworks, as sad as it may seem to not spend this holiday with her! We know how hard it can be to spend time apart, but there are many toxins, risks, and extreme anxiety involved with this holiday. Our job as pet parents is to keep our fur babies happy, healthy, and safe. We must remember that a holiday like the 4th of July is not as enjoyable for them as it is for us. Your pet will thank you for keeping him safe during this holiday so you can spend many more years together.

Jerky Treats Killing Dogs, Cats – 2013 Recall for Dog Food Treats

Jerky treats are killing dogs (and some cats) and after an earlier recall, the FDA is seeking more information on dog food treats that have been sold over the last few years that may have sickened pets.

Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China.

Pet owners are concerned now that new numbers have been released and it has been revealed that almost 600 pets have died from illnesses linked to the dog treats.

Some of the cases have have involved “kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems.”

What should pet owners do?

The best thing to do is to only buy treats made in the USA.

If you ignore the warnings and still feed your dogs the treats and your pet becomes sick, the government agency warns to”stop the treats immediately, consider seeing your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing.

Circovirus scare: Keep facts in perspective – AVMA

Reports about possible cases of canine circovirus abound, but it’s important to keep the facts in perspective, according to American Veterinary Medical Association experts and others. “Circovirus has been found in the feces of healthy dogs,” notes veterinarian Thomas Mullaney of Michigan State University. “Also, the initial research shows that nearly 70% of dogs showing clinical signs of illness and found positive for circovirus were also infected with other viruses or bacteria known to cause disease.” According to the AVMA, circovirus is no longer under consideration as the primary cause of sickness in dogs in Ohio, and just one of those dogs tested positive for circovirus. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

How To Deal with Dog Biting Problems

Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend and rightfully so, since they do have a unique way of bringing joy and laughter into anybody’s home. Some dog breeds even look so cute that one can hardly resist cuddling and playing with them. But, when you have to deal with dog biting problems as you most probably would while raising a puppy, your dog can definitely seem a lot less cute and cuddly.

In order to successfully deal with dog biting problems, you will have to dig deep and get to the root of the problem. Find out exactly why your dog is biting so that you will know what particular situation you should address directly. The best way to get to the root cause of the problem is to observe your dog. Watch how he reacts to different individuals (including children) and situations as well as to other animals. Many dog owners who find themselves having to contend with dog biting problems often feel overwhelmed and end up getting rid of the dog. What you should do instead is get rid of the reason for the biting. It’s only logical that the dog will stop biting when he no longer has any reason to do so.

Patience and confidence are the key factors for successfully dealing with dog biting problems. Understandably, this problem can be very frustrating for a dog owner, especially since it may pose a danger to other people and even the owner himself. But, no matter how frustrating it is, the problem CAN be solved and that is what you need to keep in mind.

When your children get sick, you know that it is because of a virus. Therefore, you eliminate the virus in order to relieve the sickness. In the same way, dog biting problems are merely results arising from some other factor. By identifying and addressing that factor with patience and confidence, you can effectively eliminating the biting problems. Patience is especially needed when you are still trying to identify what the root cause is. It is also important for you to keep the communication lines between you and your dog open when you are dealing with dog biting problems. Make sure that you do not allow your dog to have his own way during this period. The very moment you see signs of your dog attempting to bite, immediately give a command to correct the action. Be sure to give a command which you know your dog will understand.

Do not expect your dog to immediately obey your command. In fact, it may be safe to say that you can expect your dog to DISOBEY you at this point. You should therefore be firm and consistent in giving the correction. Let the dog know that no matter what happens, you are standing your ground and biting is not allowed. Dealing with dog biting problems can truly be a stressful experience, but you will feel a lot better once you have overcome it and you might even develop a closer bond with your dog in the process.

Can Your Waste Basket Kill Your Cat?

If you don’t think of the waste basket in your bathroom as anything to worry about as far as a cat is concerned, think again!

Dental floss is a form of string, and we know that cats cannot resist playing with it. Once they put it in their mouths, their natural instinct is to swallow, and what goes down cannot come back up.

There may also be razor blades, or safety razors, but once in the paws of a curious cat they no longer represent “safety;” they pose serious danger.

Keep your waste basket secure and check for any other items that may be dangerous to your cat.