Keeping our pets safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. With all of the breakable ornaments, potentially dangerous plants, presents with pretty bows and ribbons on top, lights that can be chewed, and then there is the Christmas tree. We have twelve safety tips that will allow your furry family members to join in the holiday fun while avoiding a trip to the animal emergency room.
Christmas Tree Safety and Other Holiday Safety Tips:
1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner. To keep your cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil around the tree base to warn you of an impending tree disaster. Since cats and Christmas trees are not always the best combination, it could take some ingenuity on your part to keep both parties safe during the holiday season.
2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet's reach, or for the highest level of pet safety, just don’t use it. Ingesting tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.
3. Do not put lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, but they can also cause burns on both cats and dog if they become entangled. Additionally, your dog or cat may accidentally get shocked by biting through the wire.
4. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths or other parts of your pet's body.
5. If your buying live Christmas trees this year, keep the area around the tree free and clear of pine needles. The needles can cause stomach upset and can irritate or puncture your pet's intestines if ingested.
6. Did you know that holly and mistletoe are among the poisonous plants to dogs and cats? If you usually use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach. Poinsettias are also not a great idea, as they can cause nausea and vomiting if ingested.
7. Do not use edible tree decorations—whether they be ornaments or popcorn strings. These goodies are just too enticing, and your pet will surely tug at them, knocking down your wonderfully decorated tree. Not to mention that they are also choking hazards.
8. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your pet's way—there's no telling where a wagging tail or curious cat may end up. Never leave candles unsupervised, and keep your cat away from any areas with open flames or wax. Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.
9. To prevent any accidental electrocutions, exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house. Any wires extending away from the wall should be wrapped in hard protective plastic to make them less attractive to your cat.
10. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, ribbon, plastic pieces or cloth could all cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another pet safety hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables. Be cautious about leaving wrapped gifts with ribbon and bows under the tree where your pets can get to them.
11. Leave the Leftovers: Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.
12. Careful with Cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
Editors Note: Some parts of this was researched and referenced from the following articles: www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/holiday-safety-tips and
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While Halloween may be an exciting time for you and your family — costumes, candy, carving — it can be frightening for your Pets.
From ringing doorbells to monster masks, these new sights and sounds can create anxiety for pets. However, when you follow some simple suggestions, you can give your pet a fear-free home to enjoy this Halloween.
Some pets enjoy dressing up, but for others, it may be scary. Your pet’s welfare an safety must be the top priority.
If you want to put a Halloween costume on your pet, do a trial run before Oct. 31. Let them sniff and investigate before slowly dressing them. Give them treats during this “dress rehearsal” to create a positive association with the costume.
If your pet seems scared (tail tucked, ears back, trembling, whimpering, growling, pulling to get away, etc.), immediately stop and remove the costume. Pets should always be supervised when they are wearing costumes, as the costume itself could be a hazard if they chew/ingest parts of it or get tangled up in it.
Candy station option
If you’re feeling something different this year, take your treats from the home to the car. To reduce pet stress, cut down on doorbells, knocks, and strangers on your porch by setting up a Halloween candy station in the trunk of your car so kids and visitors stop there instead of creating chaos for your pet.
Plus, you can have fun with it and decorate your driveway with spooky spectacles for neighbors to enjoy.
If your pet is normally a 7 on the skittish scale, Halloween will put them at a 15.
From scary sights and sounds to creepy costumes, it may be best to give your pet a safe space this Halloween. Set up a comfortable area in your house away from the goings on with their bed, favorite toys, a blanket, an article of your clothing and some treats. MyLap Pet Bed has helped many pets keep a calmer state of mind as it incorporates an article of your clothing that has your scent attached. These safe things and places will help them feel at ease.
Save the scares and pranks for your friends
When it comes to the Halloween spirit, harmless pranks and scares are all part of the fun, but not for the pets. Pet just do not comprehend pranks.
If you’re planning on wearing a scary costume, mask or have spooky decorations, make sure you introduce them to your pet well in advance to get them used to your new look and what’s hiding around the corner.
To help, you can give them treats dressed in your Halloween attire, so they associate the costume with a reward.
Darting out the door
One of the greatest risks at Halloween is having a pet dart outside when you answer the door. Leashes, creates or pre-segregation in a room can help prevent a heartbreaking loss.
As you prepare for trick-or-treaters, make sure you keep candy away from curious pets.
Year after year, veterinary emergency clinics are filled with pets that have eaten Halloween candy. Upset bellies, diarrhea, and vomiting are common after a candy binge.
Some candy, like chocolate or those containing the sweetener xylitol, can be highly toxic to pets.
Editors Note: Some parts of this was researched and referenced from the following article:
Tricks And Treats: Bite-sized Tips For A Fun, Safe ... (n.d.). Retrieved from enewscourier.com-news-lifestyles/tricks-and-treats-bite-sized-tips-f
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clear the shelters was held on august 18th, more than 150,000 pets found their forever homes since 2015 !
But we still need to do more, millions of pets die every year due to shelter over crowding
EVERYONE HAS THE OPTION TO CHOOSE ADOPTION
A Reminder when you are adopting a pet,
take the time to meet the scared ones,
the shy ones, the ones that don’t stick out to you,
the ones with the boring coloring or missing limbs,
the older ones, the frail ones.
They have not given up.
They just need some love; they just need you,
and maybe you need them too.
Summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those summer nights. Ok, sorry, I reverted to my favorite movie, talking about the summer sun takes me back, lol. Back to the topic at hand, the hot pavement, and our dog's paws. All-over-it dog lovers know the basics of keeping dogs safe in summer: Bring lots of water with you on walks, watch for the signs of your dog overheating and never, ever, ever leave a dog in the car - even on days that don't seem that warm.
But it might come as a surprise to even the most type-A pup owners that the very pavement beneath your dog's paws could be sizzling hot. And hot pavement can have gruesome and painful consequences. "Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible," the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) urged. But sometimes it can be hard to tell.
Luckily, there's a quick and easy test, courtesy of Moon Valley Canine Training, to see if the street temperature is safe enough for a walk with your dog. Put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can't keep it there for five seconds, it's too hot for your pup's feet.
If the pavement fails the test, walk your dog when the temperature drops a bit (if he can wait) or stay on the grass. If walking your dog on hot pavement is unavoidable, there are things you can do to be prepared, like using special dog booties or dog paw wax designed to protect your dog's sensitive paw pads from the heat. You can also consider staying on the grass for your walks.
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The 4th of July is probably not your favorite pets holiday. In our house, it sends Magee our kitty hiding and Teddy our anxiety-ridden dog into a tailspin of fighting and barking at the air around him.
Dog and cats hearing is much more sensitive than ours. Therefore all the noises associated with the holiday are so much more intense for them. Neither of them understands what is going on so we have two very scared pets on our hands reacting in very different manners yet the calming technique tips are similar.
1. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2. Always keep your pets inside during fireworks and make sure they have their collars on just in case they run out. Close all of the windows in house. The busiest time of year for pets being found wandering loose is the 4th of July.
3. Create a safe room or area in your house that they usually go when sacred.
4. Play calming music; this is most effective when you play the music well before the fireworks start so that your dog or cat already feel peaceful and relaxed.
5. Remain Calm; our pets pick up on our emotions, and especially when we are feeling anxious. You can be loving and reassure your pet but be careful how you do so. While we so want to hold them and tell them it is ok, in our pets mind that is rewarding and reinforcing their fearful behavior; in their minds, you are saying its ok to be afraid. When my dog gets anxiety, I tell him, “no worries”, and I do not hold or hug him while doing so. I say this calmly and softly. He hears no but in a different way.
6. If your pet gets so frightened that you are worried for there safety, you may need to seek professional help and have some anti-anxiety medication prescribed by your veterinarian.
Meet Siman and his Mom. His Dad sent me this picture. About a year ago Siman's Dad (who is a friend of mine) told me he was going somewhere to buy a dog because he wanted a certain breed of dog. I, of course, begged him to check his area shelters and rescue-foster groups, they have purebreds too and told him I would help him if he agreed to adopt. He agreed and found Siman at there local shelter. According to Siman’s Mom and Dad, he is the sweetest, most loving and funny dog they have ever had. Before Siman, they had always gone to breeders for there dogs. Most rescue dogs and cats are so happy to finally have a loving forever home that they will love you so much more. Look at this picture, you can tell how close they have become. I am so glad I bugged Frank, Siman's Dad to adopt and not shop....I just LOVE IT!
It was great to meet so many cat lovers like us at Jackson Galaxy's Cat Camp NYC 2018! MyLap Pet Bed had a fantastic weekend at Cat Camp. Grateful to have meet some wonderful people and learned a lot at our first expo! Ingrid King, The Conscious Cat, @littleman_mika, Polydactyl, Lola The Rescued Cat, Weruva, PET AGE, Kitten Lady, Litter Genie.
Meeting @littleman_mika (The DiPaolo Cats) was an honor; they are doing such great things for special needs cats. You have to check them out on Instagram. We are over the moon that they liked our beds and overwhelmed with the response. After they posted the pictures of all of the special needs cats on the beds are website went nuts, and the images got over 7k in links in one day!
We have Pet Age magazine (July issue) and a few bloggers (this month) writing about our unique bed. We will keep everyone up to date on social media and through our newsletter when the articles posted.
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