Thanksgiving is fun for the whole family and that includes your best friend. There are things to watch out for though to ensure your Thanksgiving is dog friendly and doesn’t result in an emergency trip to the vet. Here’s some tips below from our friends at PetCareRX.
November 10, 2018 | 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
Years after Katrina, the ASPCA reports that 35 percent of pet owners still don’t have plans in place for the next big storm to hit. Don’t be one of those statistics! Be ready and have a plan for you and your pets if an emergency hits.
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July 5, 2017 | DogGeek
A photo of their chihuahua is all an Indianapolis family has left after their pet was carried off by a coyote during a walk at a park this June. School district officials heard other reports of dogs being attacked by coyotes and posted warnings. Unfortunately, the warnings came too late for the Constant family.
Coyotes are just one of the threats your dog can face outdoors. Other dogs, raccoons, snakes and other wild animals can all pose potential dangers to your dog. Here are some steps you can take to keep your pet safe from wild animals.
Watch Your Dog Outdoors
Making sure you monitor your dog when you’re outdoors is a key to keeping your pet safe, says the Humane Society. Keeping your dog inside is the safest protection if you know there are coyotes or other dangerous animals in the area. When your dog is outside, don’t leave it unattended, and don’t keep it chained or tethered in your yard, leaving it defenseless against attacks. Even if you think your dog is protected by a fence, dangerous animals can jump or climb over barriers.
When you’re walking your dog on the street or in other public areas such as parks, keep it on a leash so it can’t chase other animals. Don’t let your dog wander off unsupervised.
Keep Your Dog’s Identification Tag On
If your dog is scared by a wild animal or attacked, it may run off. To avoid losing your dog, make sure it’s always wearing an ID tag that includes your contact information. In case your pet’s ID tag gets lost or becomes unreadable, you can also get a microchip implanted into your dog to make sure you can always find it.
Keep Dangerous Wild Animals Out of Your Yard
Dangerous animals can be attracted to your backyard if you leave your dog’s food and water outside. Feeding your dog indoors or moving leftovers inside after your dog is finished eating can avoid this problem. Leaving dog droppings outside can also attract wild animals, so be sure to clean up after your dog promptly.
To make your fence a better barrier against predators, make sure your fence top is at least six feet tall and add coyote rollers to make it harder for leaping and climbing animals to gain footing. If dangerous animals take up residence in or near your backyard, take steps to remove them yourself or hire a professional removal service.
Maintain a First Aid Kit for Your Dog
In the event that your dog gets attacked, you should keep a pet first aid kit on hand. The American Veterinary Medical Association provides an online list of items you should have in your dog’s first aid kit. These include hydrogen peroxide, gauze and nonstick pet bandages (not human bandage products), adhesive tape, milk of magnesia, activated charcoal, a digital thermometer and an eye dropper. You also need a leash and muzzle for stabilizing and transporting your pet. Finally, make sure you include a copy of your dog’s medical records, your vet’s contact information, contact information for an emergency vet clinic and contact information for an animal poison control center.
Have Your Dog Properly Vaccinated
Disease is another risk wild animals present to your dog. Keep your pet safe by staying current on your dog’s scheduled vaccinations. In addition to standard vaccinations, ask your vet if your dog should be immunized against any dangerous diseases that may be carried by wildlife in your area. For instance, if you live in a wooded area, ticks may carry a risk of Lyme Disease.
June 16, 2017 | DogGeek
Emergencies happen, especially if your dog is curious. Below is a quick infographic to help guide you through some common issues.
September 3, 2015 | DogGeek
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Minimize stress during stressful times
Preparing for a disaster is an important action for every family to take. If your household also includes canines, be sure to create a plan for them as well. In the event of an emergency, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your dog will be safe , which will give you peace of mind in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
- Get a Rescue Alert sticker and post it next to your front door.
These stickers can be found at your vet’s office, pet supply stores, online, and at your local fire station. The sticker can be filled-in with specific information about the animals living in your house. For example, there is a place to list the number of dogs and some include space to provide their names or description. ASPCA recommends that you also include your vet’s name and number, in the event that you are not home at the time of rescue.
- Add dog supplies to your emergency kit.
Don’t stop at just adding dog food and extra bottled water. Be sure to add a bowl to drink and eat out of, a back-up leash and collar for each dog, a crate for small dogs, an emergency medical kit for dogs, extra towels and blankets, any medication that your dog may take, a toy, clean up bags, and important phone numbers such as your vet and the emergency animal hospital in your area. These items are in addition to the other items in your emergency kit that include flashlights, batteries, ect.
- Have a care plan.
This is a very important step that must be given much thought and consideration. In the event that you can’t return home temporarily, designate someone who can provide temporary care and lives close. Make sure that your temporary care provider has a set of keys and instruction sheets about your dog’s care needs. The person who you choose to provide immediate emergency care may not be the same person that you designate for long term care. Be sure to have a conversation about your expectations of the foster care provider that include longer term adoption plans.
- Identify hotels or emergency shelters that accept pets.
If you know the address and phone number of a hotel near you that accepts pets, you can quickly make the decision to evacuate, if needed. Have a few options both near and away from your city. You could also get pre-approval from a friend or relative who would be willing to take you and your dog in case of emergency.
- Always keep your dog with you.
Don’t abandon your dog thinking that you will be able to come back and get him. If you do have to evacuate, keep your dog with you on a leash at all times. Dogs are pack animals and will suffer a severe amount of stress if left alone in extreme conditions.
Emergency situations come in all shapes and sizes. From extreme weather and geological issues, to power outages, to fire and theft and emergency hospitalizations. Taking measures to have a Disaster Preparedness plan will give you peace of mind and help to minimize stress during stressful times. Get the whole family involved and make it an event! Thinking about and planning for your dog’s welfare is a loving and bonding activity and one you certainly hope to never have to use.
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March 23, 2014 | DogGeek