Now is the opportune time for a summer vacation. For many, this means an adventure in the great outdoors, a road trip to visit a national park, or visiting your local hiking trails. Though there is no better companion than your trusty dog in the outdoors, many national or local parks impose strict pet policies on where pets are allowed (if they’re allowed at all). Don’t leave Fido at home to miss out on all of the fun! Here 8 pet-friendly parks and trails:
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It may seem like a fun idea to bring your pet to a friend’s backyard BBQ or to the local park to enjoy the festivities of the holiday, but loud fireworks, bright lights, and being in an unfamiliar place can be a frightening combination to any pet. More pets go missing on the Fourth of July in the U.S., than any other day of the year. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this Fourth of July:
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Article written by: Ahna Brutiag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT & Renee Schmid, DVM
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to let your guard down when it comes to preventing toxic exposures to your pet. While the holidays bring more challenges to the already difficult winter months, we cannot forget about outdoor toxin concerns frequently seen this time of year. Below is a list of holiday-related decorations, plants and food items that the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline recommend keeping away from pets.
Natural disasters bombard our cities and push people and pets alike out of their homes and fleeing to safety. Just recently, Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast, placing many people and their pets in danger. Though residents may know of a hurricane and another natural disaster's pending arrival, there is only so much you can do given a few days warning. If you live in an area where you may be exposed to natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and more, you can never be too prepared. Here are 4 steps to create a disaster preparedness plan for you and your pet:
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Heartworm disease is a life threatening parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected cats and dogs. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite a dog or cat with the Heartworm infection and then passes it on to another dog or cat. The microscopic worms in the infected dog or cat will grow into a parasite exceeding a foot in length. The disease impacts the lungs, arteries of the lungs, and the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight loss, and heart failure.
The summer months are here and your pet is likely to spend more time outside. Sooner or later, you might find yourself fighting off fleas and ticks.
In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13th we compiled the below tips to help you and your pet be much more prepared in case a disaster hits. When an emergency strikes, pets depend on their pet parents to protect them and prepare them for disasters, including having enough food, water, supplies, and moving them out of the house quickly/safely if needed. The situation can be stressful and scary for everyone, but with these tips you can have a disaster plan in place that ensures you and your pets are healthy and safe.
It’s Easter! Time for Easter baskets and Easter lilies! It is also time to remind all of our pet parents about things to be careful about around your pets this Easter season.
More and more often, pet parents are bringing their furry kids along on their travel adventures. Most folks who are traveling with pets will need to stay at some kind of pet friendly accommodation. Fortunately, pet friendly hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals are abundant across the U.S. and Canada, and they’re easy to find and book. But before you head off to enjoy your temporary digs, make sure that you know what to expect, and that you and your pet are prepared. Planning ahead and following some sensible tips will ensure that your trip is fun, and that you BOTH will be welcomed back on your next adventure!