Day #5 Ten Days of Pet Safety Tips: Plants

Although POINSETTIAS are often the first plants that come to mind as being hazardous for pets, they are not as dangerous as others. Poinsettias have a milky white, latex sap that can be very irritating to your pet’s tummy and his mouth. Symptoms generally include drooling and digestive upsets (vomiting & diarrhea).   If Fido […]

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Day #4 Ten Days of Pet Safety Tips: Food

During the holidays many a human indulges – eating and drinking in excess and sometimes…sharing with pets.  Remember, extra treats do not equate to love and since human, canine and feline bodies are NOT a like, some of what we consume can be down right deadly to our four-legged friends. A little boiled or broiled […]

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Day #3 Ten Days of Pet Safety Tips: Company

  Although we love them, well-meaning family and friends may not be as pet savvy as we are, so make sure your pets aren’t set up for disaster when guests come for a visit!   Dedicate playtime just for you and your dog or cat BEFORE company arrives, and then let the kitties in particular […]

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DAY #2 Ten Days of Pet Safety Tips: The Outdoors

The only frosty paws your pets should have are the pet-safe frozen treats you can make: Blend 32 oz. non fat plain yogurt, 1 cup lower fat peanut butter and 3 very ripe bananas. Scoop into ice cube trays (or paw print/bone silicone molds) and freeze. Set out to soften just a tad before serving […]

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DAY #1 Ten Days of Pet Safety Tips: The Tree

Put yourself in your dog or cat’s paws…at the end of each year, boxes are dragged from the attic or garage. A tree (seen by males as their “outhouse”) is brought INDOORS! Shiny things dangle everywhere, food smells are abundant and people arrive singing greetings. These sights, smells and sounds can be exciting to our […]

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

It was a picture-perfect Thanksgiving…a patchwork of red, orange and gold leaves blanketed the ground while a smattering of green still clung to the branches above.  The house was filled with idle chatter while all anxiously awaited the Holiday Meal.  Suddenly a 90 lbs. Rottweiler, entered the room with an unsteady gait.  Unable to breathe […]

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The ABCs of CBD

Earlier this year, researchers at Cornell University concluded a double-blind study on the effects of CBD oil on dogs suffering from osteoarthritis, an ailment not at all uncommon in our senior pets and people.  Over the course of six weeks, dogs were given either CBD oil or an oral placebo, two times daily. Dogs who […]

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Top 10 Changes for Senior Dogs

Today I’d like to share a blog from an organization I am so proud to be the President of…The Grey Muzzle Organization whose mission it is to make sure no dog dies alone or afraid.  Learn more about the work we do here on behalf of our senior best friends:  www.GreyMuzzle.org         […]

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Seasonal Changes: Cold & Dark and their Effects on Our Pet’s Diet & Activity

As we roll into late Autumn, many humans experience a mood shift of sorts due to plunging temperatures and pushing back the clocks.   It’s the time of year with shorter days, colder temperatures and sometimes bouts of the winter blues!  Sluggishness, or just a desire to do nothing and hunker down indoors, is known as […]

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Ways to Help Your Senior Dog Move Better

As our best friends age, muscles atrophy, joints weaken and bones are just not as strong as they once were. All of these things contribute to simple movements becoming increasingly difficult for your aging pooch. Don’t despair.  Although we can’t completely turn back the hands of time, there are things we can do to help […]

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Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Master Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear

Although squeamish about trimming dark nails, The Pet Safety Crusader™ thought she knew how to handle this important aspect of caring for our canine family members.  Well, I was wrong!  I mean, I knew the old fashioned way, that would sometimes make me nervous and feel a bit like I was smashing or crushing my […]

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How Much Sleep Do Older Dogs Need?

  Dogs, like humans, need sleep to maintain their health. Also like humans, those sleep needs change as they age. Changing Sleep Needs Puppies may sleep as many as 20 hours a day. Their bodies go through rapid changes and growth that take massive amounts of energy. Adult dogs average about 12 to 14 hours […]

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