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Archive for December 16th, 2011

Pet safety during the holidays

Friday, December 16, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

Some thought and preparation can help keep your pets safe during the holidays. If you put up a tree, it’s always a good idea to wire it to the ceiling so it can’t tip over. Breakable decorations and electrical wires should not be within reach and as we mentioned in a previous blog, tinsel must be avoided.  Consider displaying fake plants. Mistletoe, Poinsettias, and holly amongst others are toxic to animals.  Some of the sweet treats that we love during the holidays can wreak havoc on our pet’s intestines.  Make sure that all food, candy and alcohol is out of reach.  Be vigilant about he trash.  Give your dog lots of exercise and keep all pets on their regular routines. These are small precautions but they can help prevent any problems during the holidays.

Happy holiday! Remember, your pets count!

Winter coats for dogs

Friday, December 16, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog gives a sigh when another dog in a warm winter coat walks by, it’s more that just a fashion statement. Most small dogs that aren’t accustomed to very cold conditions do appreciate a little insulation around their middles. If it’s cold and windy where you live, then you should get your dog some warm clothing such as a dog coat or sweater. Some dogs will wear booties others won’t but wearing a coat is a good idea. You can find coats online or in mail order catalogs. It’s also fun to shop in person. Remember, the proper fit is more important than looking fancy. Take your time and choose a dog coat that both your and your dog will be comfortable with. Then you can watch the other dogs give that envious look when they walk by.

Remember, your pets count!