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Poinsettia … Holiday Friend or Foe?

The holidays are coming! Trees, decorations and beautiful, festive plants are appearing everywhere!

But, if you have dogs in your home, are you hesitant to bring the traditional poinsettia plant into your home?

It’s true that poinsettias have traditionally been considered poisonous to pets.

However, the truth is that they are “non” to “mildly” toxic. Poinsettias are actually more prone to giving your pet a mild rash if they brush against it; or, if they ingest it, just mild-to-no stomach discomfort.

So go ahead and enjoy this gorgeous plant!

Learn more about which holiday blooms and buds are toxic to Fido by clicking here.

Are YOU Prepared to Protect Your Pet?

Welcome to June and National Pet Preparedness Month.  Are YOU prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster?


As we head into summer there is always an increased potential for unforeseen emergencies in the form of tornadoes, wildfires, floods and hurricanes.

Are you prepared, not just for you and your family, but also for the four-legged creatures that depend upon you for their safety and protection?

No one likes to think about natural disasters or emergencies, but our best defense is being prepared in advance with the plans and supplies in place before something happens.

But you also need to be prepared with other life-saving information during the summer months to keep your dog protected.

Did you know that in just 70-degree weather, your car can heat up to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes and cause heatstroke and even death?


Please, take the time now to educate yourself and your family and keep your canine companion (and other pets) safe and protected.

(Want to learn more? Ask for a copy of our PDF newsletter for June.)

February Means Having Love for Your Pets Too!

For most of us, say the word “February” and one of the next things to pop into our mind is “Valentine’s Day.” And while we would never downplay the importance of human love (and memorializing it with copious amounts of chocolate, flowers and sparkly trinkets), did you realize that February also focuses on loving those ever-present critters in our life, our pets?

While the entire month is dedicated to “Pet Dental Health” and “Responsible Pet Owners,” there’s also “Love Your Pet Day” (coming up on February 20th) and “National Dog Biscuit Day” (coming up on February 23rd).

Yes, the month of February is full of reminders to love and protect our beloved pets.

From proper socialization to finding the right diet; from the best positive training to effectively controlling parasites; and from regular vet visits to making sure their golden years are as smooth and pain-free as possible, our pets are a huge presence – and responsibility – in our life.

So as you go through the rest of this month and celebrate that special bond with your particular pet, consider brushing up on the latest research on medical care, best food practices and even emergency measures in the face of a disaster to ensure you love and protect your pet to the best of your ability.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to make a couple of buckets of dog treats for my Great Danes for “National Dog Biscuit Day” . . .

Delta: Your Pet is No Longer “Cargo!”

For those of us who consider our pets part of our family, this latest announcement from Delta warms our hearts!

In November, the company announced that “allowable” pets will no longer have to travel as cargo or checked baggage in all cabins of service except Delta One.

This new rule goes into effect on March 1, 2016.

Click here to read the full announcement on the Delta News Hub: Delta to Stop Accepting Pets as Checked Baggage.

Considering that in just the last 10 years (according to MarketWatch), 74 pets have died and another 14 have gone missing under Delta’s care, this new ruling comes as good news to concerned pet owners who want, or need, to travel with their beloved pets.


Unfortunately, the “allowable” pets do not include large dogs (due to their size). Delta recommends using their Delta Cargo service to transport those pets not allowed in their cabins.  According to Delta: “Pets that are transported via Delta Cargo are monitored closely by customer service teams during their travel. While at airports, pets are handled in temperature-controlled holding areas and vans. Also, Delta Cargo enlists professional kenneling services if overnight stays are required.”

Guidance for customers traveling with pets can be found at delta.com.

Click here to read more about Delta Airlines Pet Policy also. 

Thank You Petco! NO more Chinese Pet Treats!

Petco has finally stepped up to the plate and removed any remaining Chinese-made canine and feline treats from its stores and website due to fears that thousands of pets have been sickened and killed since 2007.

(There have been more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses, including deaths, from Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.)

Read more

Fireworks are no laughing matter for your pet …

FireworksThe 4th of July is a festive holiday of fun, sun, BBQ’s and of course, awe-inspring fireworks! But, as you make your plans for the upcoming holiday, what are your plans to keep your pets safe, happy and secure?

  • First, leave your pets at home and inside a quiet and escape-proof room; one with closed and covered (or better yet, no windows; dogs have been known to go through windows when frightened and trying to escape). Pet-proof the room from anxious chewing or potential hazards if your pet does become anxious or fearful. Even the most well-trained, calmest dogs (and cats) can do unexpected things when afraid.
  • NEVER leave your pets in your car.
  • Keep pets away from all alcohol, hot BBQ’s and food (including condiments like mustard (induces vomiting) and ketchup (induces vomiting, fever, weakness and collapse).
  • Keep holiday decorations out of reach (including fireworks and glowsticks).
  • Consider using a Thundershirt to help keep your dog calm.
  • Use a dogsitter to keep your dog company.
  • Make sure your dog can access their “safe place” (crate) and leave a frozen kong toy filled with peanut butter to keep them busy and distracted from the loud noises outside. Do NOT crate an anxious dog as this may escalate their fear and frantic attempts at escaping.
  • Play soothing music or “white noise” to help drown out loud noise.
  • For animals with severe anxiety during the 4th of July holiday, talk to your vet about potential medication or homeopathic options to help keep them calm.
  • Make sure your pet has ID tags and is microchipped in case they still find a way to run away.