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Pet Travel Safety Day

Today is National Pet Travel Safety Day! We know you don’t want to always leave your pet at home--and that’s okay!

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How to Walk a Dog on Ice

No matter how cold it is outside, your dog still needs to take care of business, and probably needs some exercise, too! However, walking a dog in the winter—and especially on ice—creates unique problems that don’t exist in the summer. Your dog’s paws can be damaged by rough ice, and many dogs are not able to take long winter walks. You can safely walk your dog by caring properly for their paws, and making sure both you and your dog are ready for the cold weather.

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ASPCA's Cold Weather Pet Tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

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Cat Christmas Tree Safety

Here's a tip: You can surround the Christmas tree with a barricade or objects that will prevent the cat from going under the tree and climbing into it, but unfortunately, this will not stop aerial attacks. Try tin foil or double-sided tape, materials cats cannot dig their claws into, around the bottom of the tree. This will work with some cats. You might also try making loud noises when you see your cat getting too close to the tree and this may deter the cat.

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Poisonous Holiday Plants for Pets

Poinsettias are poisonous for cats and dogs but far more worrisome are holiday bouquets containing lilies, holly or mistletoe. Even bouquets brought into the house by holiday guests should be thoroughly inspected, as lilies are the #1 flower often used by florists. Just one or two bites from a lily can result in severe acute kidney failure in cats – even the pollen is thought to be poisonous! Other yuletide pants such as holly berries, mistletoe, and rosemary can also be toxic to dogs and cats.

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety

PLEASE DON'T FEED TURKEY TO YOUR PETS!

While it may seem like just a small piece of turkey skin is harmless, it can actually cause a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.

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pet poop

Get the Scoop: What Your Pet's Poop is Telling You

We know it can be an icky subject to talk about- but there is a lot about your pet’s stool that can be an indicator of their health. Not only is it important to monitor what goes into their body, but it is also necessary to keep an eye on what’s coming out.

 

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