Pet Poison Prevention in Your Yard

pet poison preventionSpring may seem far off in the distance, but spring will eventually spring! Many of us are wistfully thinking about spring planting and readying our yards for the new season. With more outdoor activity imminent for us and for our pets, we wanted to shed some light on how to protect your pet from potential poisoning in your yard.

It’s amazing (and somewhat scary) how many potential poisons are in yards and gardens. Without further ado, let’s get to the nitty gritty of pet poison prevention in your yard.
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Protecting Your Pet from Antifreeze Poisoning

antifreezeAt this point during the Pennsylvania winter, many of us are wondering if the cold, snow, and ice will ever end. Logically, we know that spring will come eventually, but there is still a good chunk of winter to go, and no reason to start packing up the snow boots anytime soon.

With such cold temperatures, our cars rely on antifreeze to keep them running smoothly, but this chemical can pose a serious risk to our pets. Learn all about this dangerous compound and what you can do to keep your pet safe from antifreeze poisoning.

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A Few of Their Favorite Things: Holiday Gifts for Pets

gifts for petsThe shopping season has begun in earnest, and regardless of whether your pets have been naughty or nice this year, we’re guessing they are on your shopping list. Before you hit the stores for Black Friday, or settle in on your couch for Cyber Monday, allow us to make some suggestions for fun and useful holiday gifts for pets.

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Lurking in the Bushes: Outdoor Gastrointestinal Dangers for Pets

Outdoor Gastrointestinal Dangers for PetsIt finally seems like the weather is changing and spring is here. With the warmer, sunnier weather, you and your pet are probably spending more time outdoors. While getting a little extra sun is great for us all, mentally and physically, it is important for us to be aware of potentially dangerous situations for our frolicking furry friends.

In particular, outdoor gastrointestinal dangers for pets can be worrisome. While you may be focused on grilling the perfect hamburger, Fido can get himself into a situation that could result in you cleaning your carpets later (or worse). Learn which worrisome obstacles you need to steer clear of this spring.

Pesky Parasites

The great outdoors is fraught with many inhabitants, some that we love and others that we could do without. Pets who venture outside are at higher risk of exposure to many parasitic organisms, and precautions should be taken.

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Keeping Flat-Faced Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Boston TerrierIf you’re the proud owner of a brachycephalic breed, you probably adore the unique features of your pug, Boston terrier, Persian cat, or Shih Tzu (to name a few distinctive breeds). To be sure, they’re adorable, but the same endearing characteristics can also lead to serious health issues. This is true year round, but high temperatures and humidity make this time of year especially hard for many flat-faced pets.

The Anatomy

Respiratory issues are caused by the characteristic facial bones and nasal structure of brachycephalic breeds. Other challenges stem from short tracheas, smaller nostrils, and excessive bone and tissue that block airways. Combined, these physical traits result in Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. Continue…

Going Above and Beyond for Pet Pool Safety

swimming labThe heat index makes it harder for your pet to cool down (thanks, humidity). While certain animals are considered high-risk for heat stroke (young, senior, overweight, ill, or brachycephalic breeds), all pets need an opportunity to cool down during the summer months.

Drowning and near-drowning episodes are more common than you may think. As a result, we want to provide the best in pet pool safety so you and your companion can chillax until the leaves start turning.

Tried and True

Shade trees, fans, and air conditioners go a long way to increasing comfort, but perhaps the most effective method is water. Kiddie pools and sprinklers are great, and there’s no beating an inviting backyard pool. Continue…

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All Better: Putting Together A Pet First Aid Kit

Cute border collie puppy with an emergency kitYou probably have plenty of first aid supplies in your medicine cabinet, especially if you have children. Bandages, antibiotic ointment, thermometer, and over-the-counter pain relievers are among the most common first aid items found in our homes.

But what if your pet were to be injured? Would your home contain the necessary pet first aid items to help your pet if he or she is hurt? Fortunately, putting together a simple first aid kit for your furry friends is as easy as making a trip to the store to gather supplies. Your pet will thank you! Continue…

Canine Influenza: How to Protect Your Dog

iStock_000010868657_Large (1)Canine influenza has made a comeback this spring, spreading rapidly across the United States. While canine flu has been in the news since the original outbreak in Chicago in 2015, the illness has actually been around for a few decades.

What makes the recent strain so contagious is that there hasn’t been enough time for dogs to build up resistant antibodies. Therefore, it spreads quickly to pets who remain unvaccinated.

A Brief History of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

Despite causing alarm over the past two years, canine influenza virus (CIV) was first detected in 2004. What was once an equine-specific virus mutated and affected a group of confined racing greyhounds. This strain is known as CIV H3N8. Continue…

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The Seasonal Alarm Clock: Protecting Pets From Fleas and Ticks

 

Dog FleasIs Brodhead Creek Park calling your name?

Like most Stroudsburg residents you may be itching to get outside, but while we’re all enjoying the spring weather, some pretty terrible parasites are waking up from a long winter’s nap.

Although it’s important to keep up a year round prevention schedule, protecting pets from fleas and ticks is critical during the spring and summer months.

A Critical Juncture

Most pet owners understand that parasites should be avoided at all costs, but the reasons for this go far beyond the pesky, irritating nature of fleas and ticks. Both have the propensity to carry and spread disease, making prevention your best bet of all. Continue…

Hit The Road: Tips For Traveling With Pets

White cat sitting in a bag for the animals on the benchMany of us travel during the summer. And, whether you are taking a cross-country drive, a weekend camping trip, or are hopping a plane to some far-off location, you may be planning on bringing your furry companion along for the ride. But traveling with pets does take some special planning and consideration. Here is what you need to know to make traveling with your pet safe, fun, and enjoyable for all.

Things To Consider

Making the decision to bring a pet along on a trip isn’t always easy.  Before you hit the road, you’ll want to consider the following: Continue…