2019 Holidays: Pet Safety
Hanukkah and Christmas are just weeks away; and while pet owners are scurrying around households to prepare for incoming guests and more, they are not keeping watch on their pets. Here are pet safety tips to remember this holiday season:
Pets are curious creatures, and they will sniff around new objects and even eat anything they find appealing. Some things they find, such as chocolate, are toxic and can harm them. Pets must avoid eating any sugary substances that will make them sick on their stomachs. And, candy wrappers, including aluminum foils, can become choking hazards, if ingested.
Fur trees and conifers, including our beloved Christmas tree, contain oils that are toxic to dogs and can irritate their mouths and stomachs. The tree needles, in particular, can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and punctures as well as choking hazards. It's best to keep pets away from Christmas trees - avoid having them sniff around fragile Christmas ornaments that may fall and shatter; and chewing on Christmas lights.
Menorahs and candles
Keep candles and the Menorah away from pets to avoid burning them. This is a particular concern for cat owners who may have curious cats that jump on counter tops.
The holidays are all about having family and friends over to party; however, too much commotion and the sight of new faces may make dogs and cats anxious. It's best to calm them down with soothing Jazz music or by playing with them for a bit. In addition, pets may be required to stay inside a closed bedroom for the evening or outside in the fenced in yard.
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It's Feral Cat Day!
There are over 50 million homeless cats in the United States, some born into the wild. These free-roaming cats are known as feral cats. They are not like domestic cats. They have poor temperaments, are not socialized and carry diseases that are of concern to companion pet owners with domestic dogs, cats and children. To reduce the homeless cat population, the best way to get involved is to start a TNR program.
TNR stands for trap-neuter-release and is the most humane way to stop feral kittens from entering into the world without homes. The process goes as follows: capture cats with humane box traps or drop traps with bait; neuter or spay cats; and release them back into the wild where they were retrieved.
To start a TNR program in neighborhoods, cat enthusiasts will need a few items and assistance from the community. They will need volunteers to help capture cats - this is usually achieved at nighttime when feral cats come out in the open.
Note: Feral cats will not venture near humans and will not eat food in view of humans.
In addition to traps, TNR program volunteers will need guidance from animal shelters and assistance from animal clinics to perform the spay/neuter part of the process.Coordinators will need to check if clinics have weight and age restrictions or requirements before surgeries. During trapping, volunteers will need to secure cats inside the traps or in a cat enclosure where they will receive fresh food and water. They will need to check to see if the cats are ill or injured.
October 16, 2019 is Feral Cat Day, a designated call to action to protect cats in the community and reduce the homeless cat population around the world.
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Why Buy Dog Fencing
Now that the Clear the Shelters event is over, and new pets are home with their second families, pet owners should consider installing fence in the yard. There are many reasons for choosing to install fencing for dogs including:
- Security: Dogs need a secure area to roam freely and play. Being in a new home, they need to learn their new surroundings and be able to navigate around the property without interfacing with harm (wildlife encounters; strangers; stray dogs and feral cats)
- Convenience: For those that don't have a dog park near, or do not have time to take them on doggie play dates, fencing in yards helps. With dog fencing, simply let them outside to play!
- Socialization: Like us, dogs need a chance to socialize with friends; and fencing will keep all pets safe and secure in the backyard during outside playtime.
- Fitness: Dogs simply cannot stay inside all day. They need to burn pint up energy. With fencing, they can run around for an hour each day and work those stiff muscles and joints.
While there are many fence on the market, looking at alternatives to chain-link fence and electric fencing for dogs may be of interest for pet owners that want a more humane fence that is easy to install without professional help.
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