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Health & wellness tips for Peterborough Pet owners

Household Holiday Decor Hazardous to Pets

Shining decorations, bright lights and sweet treats—these are the hallmarks of the holiday season, but can also pose hazards for pets.  Over the next few blog posts I'll uncover what seemingly innocent holiday items could be dangerous.  In this post I cover the top 5 decorating hazards for our pets. Top 5 Decorating Hazards Poisonous Pine Tree Water Will you have a live Christmas tree?  Pine tree water can be poisonous, so it is best to use an enclosed tree stand. If that is not possible, be sure to cover open tree stand bases. Pretty but Poisonous Plants Holiday plants that are poisonous to pets include the berries of the mistletoe, holly, hibiscus, Christmas roses and the poinsettia. Keep them out of pets’ reach. Decorations, Lights and Cords...Oh My! Ingesting—or even simply coming in contact with—ornaments and hooks, twinkling lights and electrical wiring can pose significant danger to pets. When no one will be around to supervise, unplug lights and any electrical decorations a pet has access to. Cover or tack down electrical cords. Play Keep Away To avoid pets being burned or causing a fire hazard, keep them away from any room containing a lit Hanukkah [...]

By |2018-12-10T21:55:42-05:00December 10th, 2018|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful, But You Can Keep Fluffy and Fido So Delightful…

It feels like it's officially winter in Peterborough!  Whether you greet winter with a grumble or hooray, as the weather turns cold, it's important to consider how seasonal changes affect our pets.  Here are my top 5 tips to keep Fluffy and Fido safe and happy during the cold winter months. Keep pets inside as much as possible. Young pets, old pets and short-haired pets are more vulnerable to cold weather and should not be left outside unsupervised. Ice-melting chemicals and salt can irritate and burn the pads of your pet’s paws. Thoroughly wipe off your pet’s paws once it has returned inside. Clip the long hair on the bottom of your dog’s feet to prevent buildup of ice balls that can be painful and difficult to remove. Trim nails regularly. It is difficult to maintain solid footing with long nails in icy conditions. Antifreeze is poisonous. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills and store household chemicals out of your pet’s reach. Consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Now that you're prepared, get outside and have some winter fun with your furry friend!! Photo by Daniel Frank from Pexels

By |2018-11-12T12:13:01-05:00November 12th, 2018|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

Halloween Treats for Doggie? No Way Jose!!

With Halloween just around the corner, it is a good time to talk about hazardous foods, plants, and other substances.  Did you know the Animal Poison Control Centre receives about 200,000 calls per year about potential pet poisonings?  "It is especially important to realize that what humans eat and enjoy may be toxic to pets." said Jack Walther, former American Veterinary Medical Association president. So what is poisonous to our animals? Food Keep these foods stored safely.  Remember, even plastic containers that lock are not safe against a large dog determined to get at goodies, so having key foods out of reach or in a locked cupboard is safest for those craftier pets!!  We're also looking at you counter surfers! Chocolate- the darker the chocolate the more toxic it is Raisins Grapes Avocados Xylitol- chewing gum, candy, baked goods, peanut butter, sweetener and more can all contain this toxic substance Bread dough Alcohol Raw bones, meat and seafood- salmonella, E. Coli, campylobacter, and listeria may be found in raw food. Macadamia nuts Onions, garlic, leaks, chives Rhubarb leaves Starfruit Salt- No salty chips and other salt-rich foods.  Pets will be excessively thirsty, and free access to water [...]

By |2018-10-31T00:44:26-05:00October 24th, 2018|Health & Wellness|2 Comments

Do Dogs Feel Guilty? Emotional Intelligence in Dogs Explained.

Do dogs have the same emotions as humans? Have you ever thought your dog could relate to you on a different level; that they felt empathy towards you, were loving and affectionate, or even disgusted with the food you put down?  According to Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor of Psychology at UBC, and award winning behavioural researcher, dog’s emotions are similar to a young child’s.  Researchers now believe a dog’s mind is roughly equivalent to a 2.5 year old child’s mind.  This conclusion holds true for most mental abilities, including emotions. This developmental sequence in young children is the golden key to understanding the emotions of dogs. Dogs go through their developmental stages much more quickly than humans, and possess all the emotional range they will ever achieve by the time they are around six months of age (depending on the rate of maturation within their breed). However, we know that the assortment of emotions available to the dog will not exceed that which is available to a 2½-year-old human. This means that a dog will have all the basic emotions — joy, fear, anger, disgust, and even love. However, he will not feel the more complex [...]

By |2018-10-18T23:33:42-05:00October 18th, 2018|Curious Things About Dogs, Health & Wellness|0 Comments
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