The trees and flowers are blooming and your allergies are taking over. This could mean only one thing, it’s spring! While spring is a great time to get out in the yard and celebrate with your family, there are some potential hazards for your dog. Easter brings celebration but it also brings a lot of toxic dangers around for your dogs. Here’s a list to watch out for:
- Easter Grass – That colorful fake grass used to make your Easter basket so vibrant. Ingesting this "grass" can be lethal to your dogs and other pets because they can not digest it. The threads get stuck in their intestines causing damage.
- Plastic Eggs – Those shiny plastic eggs that contain goodies and sometimes, if you’re a really lucky kid, money. If chewed and swallowed the plastic can cause intestinal problems that may require surgery. Make sure you keep track of how many you put out and that they are all found by who should find them, not Fido days later.
- Chocolate – We all know that chocolate is dangerous to pets, but make sure your children know. Besides, puppies love bunnies, they just shouldn’t have chocolate ones.
- Easter Lillies – They are a sign that spring is a coming, brining new life out of winter. But, did you know that they are one of the most poisinous plants for pets? Especially cats. They can cause kidney failure in less than two days if untreated.
- Toys – Don’t forget those small and fun toy bunnies, chicks and others Easter basket stuffers that post a potential choking hazard for Fido.
Find more information about pet toxins and poisonous items for dogs and cats at the Pet Poison Helpline at www.petpoisonhelponline.com. The helpline is also open 24/7 at (800) 213-6680.
Have a happy and great Easter with your family!
March 5, 2018 | DogGeek
Springtime is coming and everyone wants to get outside. Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe:
- Make sure your vacuum is cleaned. Flea larvae that can live in carpets and furniture can get sucked up in your into your vacuum and can hatch. Make sure that you empty your vacuum often. Bagless vacuum cleaners are great to ensure that flea larvae do not hatch.
- Find organic/chemical free ways to rid your yard of fleas and other pests.
- Get your dog groomed as to not get matted as easily. Find a dog groomer.
- Keep dog beds clean as to not let any larvae hatch.
- Everyone likes to get outside and run in the spring, remember to ensure that your dog’s tags are readable and up-to-date in case he gets out.
- Be mindful of chemicals used to keep yards up during the summer which can be harmful to pets. Some fertilizers can be highly toxic.
- Roads and the sides of roads can still have salt residue, make sure to wash your dog’s paws after a walk.
Have fun playing outside this spring with your dog(s)!
March 4, 2018 | DogGeek
Christmas is behind us, the world didn’t end, now it’s time to party like it’s 1999… or 2016. Whether your partying out in New York City watching the ball drop, at a club, throwing a party or just sitting on the couch watching the ball drop, we hope you have a safe an happy New Year. Follow these tips to make sure your best friend has a safe and happy New Year also.
- Don’t leave your pet outside on New Year’s Eve. Fireworks and other loud noises will be happening. Don’t let them get scared and take a chance of them jumping the fence, digging out or hurting themselves.
- Make sure they are wearing their bling! Keep the collars on and make sure their tags are up-to-date and readable in case the Fido runs and does get away. If you have people over, you never know who may accidentally let them out.
- Just because you like to drink does not mean your dog should! Alcohol is bad for dogs, their bodies aren’t made to break it down. Keep the New Year’s Eve cocktails away. Besides, we know you don’t like sharing them.
- Keep a safe space available. If your dog like’s their crate, make sure it is accessible. Everyone should always have a safe place.
- Leave a noise on. If you’re going out, leave a radio or TV on as a distraction. Who knows, your dog may learn some new tricks watching it while you are gone.
- Watch the decorations. Christmas decorations may still be up or who know… you may already have the Groundhog Day decorations out, they come out so early these days. Make sure none of your guests knock them over into your pet’s reach.
Remember to have a Happy New Year and be safe!
December 26, 2017 | DogGeek
The Holidays bring excitement, parties, meals and decorations all of which can be a hazard to your pet. No need to cancel the festivities, just be prepared so that you and your best friend have a safe and merry Christmas! Here’s a top 5 list to of things to remember to make sure your holiday is safe for your pets:
1. Keep all holiday food on high ground out of your pet’s reach. Just like how people pack on the pounds during the holidays because of irresistible food, dogs want to eat too. Remember, chocolate, alcohol and other feeds can be toxic to your pet.
2. Secure and/or hide all lighting and other electric cords.Whether its the desire to see what the cord tastes like and having a shocking experience or the rough play running around the house and tripping making the tree fall down, cords can get in the way and wreak havoc if not properly secure. Make sure they are tucked up against the wall securely so they won’t be played with. If needed, spray down with Bitter Apple or another taste aversion spray.
3. Carefully choose holiday plants and where you put them. Many of them are dangerous to your pets. Mistletoe, holly, lilies and poinsettias call all be poisonous and affect them in different ways. Make sure they are out of reach as to not be eaten and secure so they won’t be tipped over.
4. Keep their safe spot safe. Many dogs have a safe spot. Whether it be in their crate in a certain spot or their bed in the living room, don’t make their safe spot the new place for the tree or other holiday items. Pets thrive on routine, let them know that even with all the fun, this is still their home too and they have a safe spot.
5. Ensure ID tags are on and readable.With people coming and going during all the parties your dog or other pets may get out. Make sure they get home safe with proper ID tags, microchips if you can.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas from our family at DogGeek.com to yours.
December 1, 2017 | DogGeek
It’s that time of year! The tree’s up, lights are out and the eggnog is being poured. Here are some tips about decorations, plants, and foods that can be harmful to dogs during the holidays.
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November 30, 2017 | DogGeek
Your dog is more than just a pet and trusted companion, they’re an integral part of your family. And it turns out the majority of dog owners feel that way, too. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 66.7 percent of dog owners consider their dogs to be family members. While you would do anything to keep your fur baby happy, are you also making sure they’re safe? From keeping an eye on them while you’re away to making sure they obey you during an emergency, here are five ways to make sure your pet is always safe and secure.
Get a security camera
Have you ever wondered what your dog is getting into while you’re away? Take the guesswork out by using your home security system to help you keep an eye on your pet. A system with surveillance cameras allows you to monitor your dog from your smartphone whether youâ€™re at work or on the road. To make sure you’re getting the best angles where your dog likes to play and curl up for a nap, install your cameras up high to get every angle.
Send them to school
You may think your furry friend is cute and playful, but others may feel he’s intrusive and threatening. It’s time to send your dog to school if he enjoys jumping on guests, wrestling and biting at other dogs or chasing neighbors. It can also ensure your dog is well-trained to respond in a dangerous situation, like trying to chase another dog across the street in busy traffic.
Stay prepared for an emergency
Itâ€™s not enough to keep a stash of batteries, a flashlight, bottled water and canned food for yourself in case of an emergency â€” your dog also needs essential supplies of his own. Make sure you have a plentiful supply of water, food, any medications and a blanket during cold months for your dog. You should also consider putting a few treats or toys together in case youâ€™re out of power or stuck in the house for a long stretch of time and want to keep your their spirits high.
Pet-proof your home
Just like parents baby-proof their home, dog owners also need to pet-proof their home to protect their dogs from danger. Check that windows are locked and reinforced in case your dog decides to get curious about other pets on your block (like the cat in your neighbor’s front yard). You should also check that any plants are either put up high, in closed-off rooms or are non-poisonous. Take a walk-through of your home and look for dangerous items, like bug poison and chocolate, that could make your dog sick.
Prep your pet for good health
Regular check-ups with the vet just scratches the surface on what your dog needs to stay healthy. They should also be spayed and neutered, as well as microchipped and tagged.
Dogs also need plenty of exercises and nutritious dog food to keep them in optimum health. A dedicated dog walker or trip to the dog park can help dogs run off energy while making new lifelong friends. At the end of the day, your dogâ€™s happiness is just as important as their health and safety.
October 17, 2017 | DogGeek