Happy Paw-lidays!!!

Categories: Cat, Dog, Health Care, Holiday, Kittens
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Published on: December 18, 2012

Tis the season for parties, family and friends, good food and all things glittery.  But remember all the holiday cheer can make for a stressful time for Fido or Fluffy or even lead to a trip to the emergency room for them.  Not something you want to be doing this time of year and not something they want to be experiencing this time of year.

So from our friends at the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association):



Trick-or-Treat Pet Safety

Categories: Autumn, Cat, Dog, Halloween, Holiday, Kittens
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Published on: October 24, 2012

Halloween Safety Tips

Costume

Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

With Halloween just round the corner many of us may be thinking about what cute, scary, cleaver costume Fido might wear this year.  We wish everyone a very enjoyable and frightful Halloween.  However, to ensure Fluffy and Fido also enjoy the evening please keep these tips in mind.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian 707-822-2402 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you



Take your dog to work day!!

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Published on: June 20, 2012

 

Friday, June 22, 2012, is “Take your dog to work day”.  Check out the official website to join in fun activities, photo contests, how to win your boss over and more.  Take a picture of your dog at work and send it to us.  We will post it on our web page.

 

As many of you know Carolyn brings Maize to work each day.  But a number of the rest of us also bring our dogs to work as well.  You just do not see them as they are hanging out in back.



Kamp Kitty

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Published on: June 7, 2012
Kamp Kitty
Norby camouflages quite well don't you think?

 

 

Does your kitty need somewhere safe to go when you are gone?  Does he or she require medications or some extra attention to keep them happy while you are away?

 

 

 

 

Kamp Kitty may be the place your cat wants to stay!

 

When your kitty boards with us, he or she is provided with the following:

*  Soft bedding

Kamp Kitty
When Rascal boards with us, he is King of Kamp Kitty!

*  Delicious food

*  Timely and accurate medication administration when needed

*  Privacy screens (with themes to choose from)

*  A cubby box to hide in

*  Lots of tender loving care

 

Call today, (707) 822-2402, for more details or to make reservations

 

Kamp Kitty
Tigger is always in a good mood when he stays with us. Look at that smile!


Home made Biscuit Recipes

Categories: Dog, Holiday, Recipes
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Published on: February 22, 2012

Home cooking can be fun and even more nutritious.  Remember to always use the freshest of ingredients and check with your veterinarian if your dog has a food allergy.

Happy cooking!!!

 

Veggie Thins Dog Biscuit Treats

Banana Dog Treats

Cluck-A-Doodle Doggie Treats



National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Categories: Dog, Holiday
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Published on: February 22, 2012

February 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Dog treats
YUM!!!

 

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that’s because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say “Every dog has his day”. And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits.

You might appreciate their value in pleasing your dog, as a reward for behavior, or enticing them to do a trick. But, the dog is the recipient of the treat.

Celebrate today by giving your dog a few dog biscuits.

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It wasn’t a dog. It had to be a dog owner. In any event, it appears that holidays and specials days are “going to the dogs”.

Why this is an “International” day, we may never know.



Holiday Safety Tips

Categories: Health Care, Holiday
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Published on: December 23, 2011

Holiday Safety Tips

Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

O Christmas Tree Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

Tinsel-less Town
Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.

No Feasting for the Furries
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

Toy Joy
Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.

  • Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.
  • Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.

Forget the Mistletoe & Holly
Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

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.

That Holiday Glow
Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!

Wired Up
Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth.

House Rules
If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.

Put the Meds Away
Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.

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.

A Room of Their Own
Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

New Year’s Noise
As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears.



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