Kong’s exclusive, nontoxic red natural rubber is puncture resistant, super bouncy and chewer friendly. It is unmatched for resilience, durability and bounce. Kong toys are enthusiastically used and recommended by veterinarians, trainers, dog professionals and satisfied customers world wide. X-Small KONGs are for dogs and cats up to 5 lbs.
Best Friends Pink Dog Collar Charms with Crystal Hearts for Dogs and Cats One for your pet and one for their Best Friend. These Blue Heart charms are rodium plated and accented with beautiful heart charms of Preciosa Crystals. Looks stunning on your dog and cat collars. Just dangle on the D-Ring of your Dog’s or Cat’s collar! For your fou fou pet!!
Add a little sparkle to your pet’s style with the Create-a-Collar!The faux patent leather collar can be personalized with your pet’s initials, nickname or fun shapes by sliding on one or more of our dazzling, gem-studded charms. Each charm is decorated with shiny rhinestones to add some glitter to your pet’s collar. These fun and fashionable collars are great for toy breed dogs and cats. Just follow these easy steps: Start by selecting a collar width below. Collars are available in 10mm or 18mm (sold separately). Then select a color and length. Collars are available in pink, black and turquoise. Personalize with letters and other fun charms (sold separately) to make a perfect collar for your pet!
Add a little sparkle to your pet’s style with the Create-a-Collar!The faux patent leather collar can be personalized with your pet’s initials, nickname or fun shapes by sliding on one or more of our dazzling, gem-studded charms. Each charm comes in a special shape, some decorated with shiny rhinestones to add some glitter to your pet’s collar. These fun and fashionable collars are great for toy breed dogs and cats. Just follow these easy steps: Start by selecting a collar width below. Collars are available in 10mm or 18mm (sold separately). Then select a color and length. Collars are available in pink, black and turquoise. Personalize with letters and other fun charms (sold separately) to make a perfect collar for your pet!
All over the country, and the world, people are celebrating the holidays with family and friends. An important part of the celebration is spending time decorating your home with traditional ornaments and plants. Many of these decorations certainly look nice, but they also pose some serious danger to our pets.
Everyone has their own special holiday traditions. Whether it’s the decision to use a live Christmas tree, lighting Hanukkah candles or hanging mistletoe, families will spend a lot of time and effort creating the perfect holiday atmosphere. Understanding how those decorations might affect your four-legged family members can help you avoid a holiday pet emergency!
Christmas trees are certainly beautiful and are truly the icon for this time of year, but many of the various ornaments and other decorations we use pose significant risks to both our dogs and cats. First, glass ornaments hanging off the branches seem to be an irresistible magnet for mischievous felines. A few playful bats and suddenly the festively colored globe shatters on the floor. Glass fragments can cut sensitive paws, noses or even end up in the feet of our human family members!
Tinsel, ribbons and even lights are also dangerous for cats, but our dogs are not immune to the attraction either. The string-like nature of these decorations can be very troublesome if the pet swallows the material. One end of the string might lodge in the intestines, causing the organ to gather upon the material and actually generate a severe sawing like motion, leading to perforation and peritonitis. Veterinarians refer to this as a “linear foreign body” and many times the outcome can be deadly. Dr. Melanie Marsden of Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic recalls an incident in which a miniature poodle was seen for vomiting and lethargy in early December. After x-rays showed some sort of obstruction in the intestines, surgery was performed and tinsel was removed from the dog. The patient was sent home but came back soon after Christmas because he had eaten tinsel again! Dr. Marsden says, “Nope…no tinsel on my tree”.
Dr. Jennifer Hennessey, an emergency veterinarian at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists says that one of her most memorable cases was a Great Dane mix who ate the entire string of Christmas lights! “Thankfully, no surgery was needed as the dog passed every single light and recovered without any problems,” said Hennesey, “those would have been some very cool x-rays though!”
Be sure to place real candles and the kind that use light bulbs up out of pets’ reach. Curious or active pets could knock over a candle, sparking a fire. Likewise, keep extension cords covered or hidden. An inquisitive bite could not only electrocute the pet, but also spark a fire hazard.
Decorative holiday plants pose some degree of risk for both dogs and cats. The ASPCA Poison Control Center receives about 8,000 calls each holiday season relating to poisonous plants. Pet owners with live Christmas trees should take care with any preservatives they might add to the tree’s water. Stagnant water in the tree stand is potentially a breeding ground for bacteria as well. In either case, stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea could occur.
Holiday favorites, poinsettias, are often made out to be extremely deadly. In reality, their danger is highly exaggerated. Mild irritation of the GI tract along with excessive drooling is the most common problem in pets that nibble on this plant.
Holly and mistletoe, on the other hand, do offer a much higher degree of danger. Consumption of large amounts of holly can result in stomach upset along with depression of the central nervous system. Mistletoe can actually cause cardiovascular problems.
Lilies, although more popular at Easter, offer serious risk to cats. A single leaf or even just the pollen of most lilies can send a cat into kidney failure.
Finally, be careful with what type of gifts you put under the tree. Presents that contain any sort of food will be irresistible to some pets and, in their efforts to find the delicious treats, an enthusiastic pet might also eat ribbon, bows and wrapping paper. Also, when giving your pets their presents, be sure to monitor them with their new toys or chews. Dr. Tony Kremer of Animal Clinic of Plainfield says that “excited pets will often de-stuff toys or even remove squeakers.” He mentions his most memorable holiday surgery was removing a toy fire hydrant from a dog’s stomach!
Hopefully, your holiday celebration will be merry and without any pet problems. But, if an animal emergency occurs, remember your veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital is the best source of information. Don’t wait around for an online “pet forums” to give you help…it could end up costing you valuable time or even your pet’s life.
This is the Pet Gear Auto Pet Carrier and Base and it works much like the infant seat that latches to a base in the car. Works great for smaller dogs and cats heading to the vet for their visit or when you are traveling.
Your pet is put in the carrier and then latched firmly to the base secured with the seat belt. You no longer have to worry about the pet running all over the car or escaping when you are getting out of the car. I have had to catch many a pet that leaped out of the car when they arrived at the clinic because they were not in a carrier or on a leash. I have also seen a couple of pets injured when the owners tried to close the door after putting the pet in the car, only to close the door on the pet. Your pet is also protected somewhat, in the event of an accident.
This is Zootoo.com’s program dedicated to Funny Pet News. Watch as Laura and Beth bring you real pet news that proves the truth is stranger than fiction. This episode; Diet Pill for Dogs Human Chimpanzee California Spay/Neuter Bill Undercover Robotic Lizard Whippet Hulk Cat Survives 3-Week Pacific Ocean Crossing Pig-Casso Show transcript; LAURA: The most muscular dog you’ve ever seen, a Painting Pig-Casso, and a solution for chunky dogs. All true today on Zootoo News. BETH: Because we can reference Doggy Style, and still stay rated G. STORY 1: BETH: The FDA has approved a prescription diet pill for dogs called Slentrol that helps suppress a dog’s appetite and block the absorption of fatty foods. The drug is highly recommended for any dog that’s ever complained about having a huge ass. STORY 2: BETH: Campaigners in Austria are fighting to give human status to Hiasl, a 26 year old chimpanzee. The activists say they have a solid case because the chimp can recognize himself in the mirror, play hide and seek, and he breaks into fits of giggles when tickled. Unfortunately, so does Elmo. STORY 3: LAURA: In California, a bill that would require most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered has been postponed, despite the lobbying efforts of Bob Barker. When asked for comment, Bob says if he has to he will take the spay and neuter matter into his own hands with the new MiracleBlade knife set [for a retail price of .95]! STORY 4: LAURA: Scientists in New Zealand have created an …
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Everyone is familiar with many of the common causes of house fires…smoking in bed, unattended candles, or even kitchen mishaps. But, are you aware of another leading cause of fires in the home? This one has four legs, a tail and might be your best friend!
By: Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
Like many dogs, Lucy had a passion for chocolate. She doesn’t know it’s not good for her – the Labrador/Basset mix only knows that it tastes yummy and she will do anything to get some! So, when owner Kay was at work one day, she had no idea that Lucy’s passion and energy would lead to a near disaster!
Kay left some chocolate cake up on the counter and Lucy was determined to make it her own. In doing so, she ignited the burner on the stove. The heat melted the plastic cover of the cake pan, filling the home with light smoke.
The US Fire Administration (usfa.dhs.gov) states more than 500,000 structural fires occur annually, taking more than 3,000 lives, including about 100 firefighters. Top causes of home fires include open flames and accidents in the kitchen. What’s even more interesting is that more than 900 fires each year can be attributed to pets!
Dogs and cats are very inquisitive creatures by nature and, like Lucy, will often persist in attempts to reach some sort of favored food item. These two attributes can lead to problems when combined with unattended candles, or open heat sources, like kerosene lanterns. Pets can easily knock these items over or ignite nearby material, causing a fire to spread.
All across North America, headlines show stories similar to Lucy’s. From dogs locking owners out of the house while fish is frying to many displaced candles, our pets are implicated in fires more often than people realize. Sadly, it is estimated that more than 500,000 pets are affected by fire each year and many of these will lose their lives.
Although a few pets wake the family and end up as heroes in these stories, many become fearful and try to hide. Others are left home alone and no one is there to rescue them, despite shrieking smoke alarms. For our cats, the excessive noise may even provoke a flight response to a hiding place where they feel safe and may not easily be found.
Thankfully, you can reduce the risk of a fire and injury or death of your pet by taking a few common sense precautions.
First, never leave any open flame unattended. If you are leaving the house for any reason, extinguish all candles and turn off open flame space heaters and/or stoves.
Next, consider keeping your pet confined when you are gone. A dog in a cage is unlikely to create a situation like Lucy’s near disaster. Walk through your home with an eye towards “pet proofing” and preventing accidental fires.
Invest in a home monitoring system that can alert the fire department, even when you aren’t home. Thankfully, in Lucy’s case, her owners had added monitoring protection to their alarm system. Firefighters were dispatched and arrived at the home quickly, only to find the heavy smoke indicative of a large fire. The captain of the engine called for two more fire trucks, fearing that the fire was beyond what his team could handle.
Upon entry to the home, Lucy was immediately rescued and the firefighters were able to extinguish the fire without the use of hoses. The fire was contained to the kitchen because of the quick response of fire fighters, due in part to the monitoring system.
Experts at the National Volunteer Fire Council (nvfc.org) also recommend the use of window clings that can help alert rescuers to the presence of pets in the home. Some people will even go as far as to place their pet’s cage within site of the front door to make rescue even easier.
Each year on July 15th, the American Kennel Club (akc.org) along with the National Volunteer Fire Council and ADT Security Services work to raise awareness to help prevent needless pet suffering from house fires. Check with your veterinarian and/or local fire department to find out how to obtain the window clings or visit www.adt.com to get a free one.
Thankfully, in Lucy’s case, damage was minimal and Lucy is just fine. But, many pets aren’t so lucky, suffering from smoke inhalation, burns or much worse. Learn to keep your pets safe by following the above guidelines.