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National Pet Day

Since 2006, April 11th has been celebrated as National Pet Day. This day was brought about to highlight the unconditional love that pets bring to our lives and also to encourage and raise awareness for animal adoption. There are so many animals around the world who are sitting in shelters, waiting to be given a second chance at life and these same animals have the potential to bring so much light and love into the lives of their owners – anyone who has adopted a shelter animal doesn’t need a national day of observance to know that the love of a pet should be celebrated.

Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day
So, how can you celebrate this national holiday? Well, your pet would probably be happy with just an extra belly rub, but we’ve got some other ideas that your pet (or future pet) is sure to love!

  1. Throw in an extra daily walk – Going on daily walks is most likely one of your dog’s (or cat’s) favorite activities, so why not throw in an extra one or maybe even just make today’s longer than usual? Your pet is sure to appreciate it!
  2. Did someone say “treat?” – We don’t know a pet in the world that doesn’t wiggle in excitement when you reach for the treat jar! Surprise your pet with some new tasty treats today.
  3. Plan a play date – This is a great idea for the dog in your life. Dogs love a good romp in the yard with a fellow furry friend and it’s also great exercise! Your dog will be pleasantly surprised when Rosco shows up at the front door. “Mom, you shouldn’t have!”
  4. Volunteer at a local animal shelter – Do you know how happy you can make a shelter animal just by simply showing up and giving them some love and attention? Bonus points if you call ahead and find out what the current needs are for that shelter – a warm bed goes a long way for an animal.
  5. Stock up on new toys – Has your dog or cat been playing with the same toys for as long as you can remember? Today is a great day to pick up some new toys for your pet – complete with some quality play time!
  6. Schedule a professional photo session – As we all know, our pets won’t be by our side forever and having professional photos taken is a great way to capture your pet’s personality. These photos will forever be a special keepsake.
  7. Spread the love on social media – One way to inspire others to consider pet adoption is simply to share your story of adoption on social media. A great example of this comes from Alaqua Animal Refuge, an animal shelter located in Florida. Find out how you can join in on the #everyoneneedsabuddy campaign!
  8. Take a trip to the dog park – Trips to the park are probably what dog dreams are made of, so National Dog Day is the perfect day to make your dog’s dreams come true. And this also is a great way for your dog to get the exercise that he needs.
  9. Try something new with your pet – Maybe you’ve always wanted to train your cat to walk on a leash – that’s actually a thing! Or maybe you’ve always wanted to teach your dog to play Frisbee. Whatever it is, today is a great day to learn something new with your pet and strengthen your bond.
  10. Adopt a pet – Bringing a new pet into your home is a decision not to be taken lightly, but if you are in a place where you feel ready for a new pet, why not do it on National Pet Day? It’s always a good day to save an animal’s life and we can assure you they’ll return the favor – every single day.

Happy National Pet Day, everyone! We hope that you and your pet enjoy this day together. Spread the love for your pet and help us to raise awareness about animal adoption!

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Attention pet owners! March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, which means that if you’ve never inspected your home or aren’t aware of the things that could be poisonous to your pet, now is the time to educate yourself! There are so many poisonous substances that can be harmful and even fatal to our pets, so it is important to know what’s in your home and also to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms that your pet may be in danger. So, in honor of Poison Prevention Awareness Month, we are offering up some tips!

photo cred: mybrownnewfies.com

photo cred: mybrownnewfies.com

Inspect!
Regular inspections are the best way to ensure that your home is free of elements that may be toxic to your pet. Let’s go room to room and talk about some things that could be harmful to your pet.

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms when it comes to poison prevention. People often make the mistake of assuming that certain table foods are safe for their pet, but this is a dangerous way of thinking. The following foods have been shown to be potentially harmful to pets –

  • Chocolate – especially dark chocolate, coffee, caffeine
  • Raisons and grapes
  • Yeast dough
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw or undercooked meat
  • Table salt
  • Garlic, onion and chives
  • Avocado

These are just some of the most common foods that can be hazardous to your pet. Consult with your veterinarian before sharing any table food with your pet.

Bathroom

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for your pet. Make sure you keep the following items in a place that is not accessible to your pet –

  • Human and pet medications
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Bath salts and bathing liquids

Living Room

Household plants are a popular topic when it comes to poison prevention for our pets. If you are a pet owner and you like to keep plants in and around your home, be sure that you do your research before bringing a plant into your home that could be harmful to your pet.

Here are some other miscellaneous household items that can be toxic to your pet –

  • Batteries
  • Potpourri
  • Insecticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Plant fertilizer/plant food
  • Antifreeze
  • Yarn, rubber bands, dental floss

Secure!

Make sure that potentially toxic items are out of your pet’s reach. Pets can be pretty creative about finding a way to get into things, am I right?

  • Keep human medications and pet medications in separate areas, both secure and out of reach.
  • If you have multiple pets, make sure that their medications are kept separate, in order to keep them from getting mixed up.

Learn!

Do the necessary research to educate yourself on the topics surrounding poison prevention. What items are toxic to your pet? Talk to your veterinarian to find out if there are certain foods that may be more toxic to your pet than others. Read up on household plants and make sure that you don’t keep any toxic plants inside your home. Knowledge is power!

Read!

Pay attention to the labels on the items in your home. The label will often warn you if the substance is toxic to you or your pet.

  • Before administering any medication to your pet, make sure you read and understand the directions, and follow any doctor’s orders exactly.

Know!

Do you know what the common signs and symptoms of poisoning are? This is an important part of poison prevention. If you notice that your pet is displaying any of the following signs or symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately!

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Convulsions

If you can’t get in contact with your veterinarian, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Prepare!

It is important to be prepared in the event that any emergency arises with your pet, and that includes possible poisoning. Keep emergency resources on hand and have the number of your local veterinary emergency hospital in an accessible place, so that you can seek help immediately.

National Puppy Day

Since 2006, March 23rd has been celebrated as National Puppy Day. This day was founded not only as a celebration of the unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives, but also as a day to save the lives of homeless puppies sitting in animal shelters and to raise awareness about the horrific reality of puppy mills across the globe. Here are some ways that you can celebrate the true meaning behind National Puppy Day!

10 Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

1. Adopt, Don’t Shop! – Are you considering bringing a new puppy into your home? We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Puppy Day! There is a puppy at one of your local animal shelters just waiting for you to come and give them their forever home! Social media has made it possible to browse available animals that are up for adoption at your local animal shelters right from your own home! Adopt, don’t shop!

2. Share the Puppy Love – We get to experience the unconditional love from our puppies each day, so National Puppy Day is a great opportunity for us to share that love with others.

  • Take your puppy to a local elderly community to visit with the residents and put a big smile on all of their faces – your puppy will be smiling, too from all of the extra love and attention.
  • Brag on your puppy on social media, tag the shelter that you adopted from and encourage others to adopt a puppy of their own!

3. Donate to the Cause – Maybe you already have the perfect puppy in your life and you celebrate their unconditional love day in and day out – lucky you! Another great way that you can celebrate National Puppy Day is to DONATE!

  • Donate your time by volunteering at a local shelter
  • Donate money and /or supplies to a local shelter
  • Make a donation to an organization, such as ASPCA, that fights to end puppy mill cruelty.

4. Spread the Knowledge – Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the dangers and cruelty involved with puppy mills. Do your research and share the knowledge to bring awareness to this important issue.

5. Capture the Moment – They don’t stay puppies forever! Hire a photographer to take some photos of you and your puppy to savor the sweetness of the puppy phase. Trust us, you will love looking back on those in the years to come!

6. Puppy Training – Training your puppy is one of the biggest responsibilities of being a puppy parent and it is also a great bonding experience for you and your new buddy.

  • Sign you and your puppy up for an obedience training course and get a jumpstart on the basics. You will be well on your way to having the smartest puppy on the block!

7. Puppy Play Date – Plan a special outing for you and your puppy. Do you have a friend or relative that has a playful pup? Plan a playdate at the local dog park or just bring your puppy and let him make some new friends! Socializing your puppy is one of the best things that you can do for him.

8. Take Action – Write to your congressperson to ask that he or she support the ban of puppy mills in your state. Your voice does matter!

9. Get a Healthy Start – A healthy puppy is a happy puppy! Do you know what’s in the food that you are feeding to your puppy? Is your puppy getting enough exercise?

  • Make sure that you are giving your puppy food and treats that are made with all natural ingredients.
  • Take your puppy out for daily walks to make sure that he is getting the proper daily exercise to keep him healthy and happy.

10. Be Present for Your Puppy – At the blink of an eye, your puppy will be all grown up! Savor the puppy phase and spend as much quality time with your puppy as you can. Raising a puppy is a big responsibility and the decisions that you make now will shape them into the dog that they will grow up to be.

New Pet: Cat Behavior

Congratulations on welcoming a new cat into your household! When you bring an adult cat home for the first time, odds are you already have a pretty good understanding of his or her personality. But in the beginning, there may be some work needed in order to make your new pet feel comfortable and happy in his or new digs. Check out our resources below for behavior tips for new cats.

5 Things Your Cat Wants to Say to You

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your New Cat or Kitten

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

How to Groom Your Cat

New Pet: Puppy Training

Congratulations on the big decision you’ve made to welcome a new puppy into the family! We bet this is an exciting and overwhelming time for you. Spending the time early on to train your puppy and acclimate him or her into the household will pay off for years to come. Check out our resources below for help with training your young dog.

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Training Your Puppy or Dog

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

Dog Park Etiquette: Playing by the Unwritten Rules

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

New Pet: Dog Training

So you’ve recently welcomed a new dog home? What an exciting time! Each dog has a different personality, so acclimating a pup to your lifestyle and schedule can be challenging at first. We’ve included some resources below to help you train your new dog with confidence.

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Treating Pets with Separation Anxiety

Prepping Your Pup for Outdoor Activities

Training your Dog

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

Dog Park Etiquette: Playing by the Unwritten Rules

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

New Pet: Kitten Behavior

We are so happy that you made the decision to welcome a new kitten into your family! Kittens are such a fun addition to the household and are much more self-sufficient than dogs. However, new kittens require extra attention in the beginning to help them understand some of the behavior basics. Check out the resources below soon after you welcome your four-legged family member home.

Curious Kitties: Exploring a New Environment

New Kitten Owner’s Guide

5 Tips for Socializing Your New Kitten

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your New Cat or Kitten

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

How to Groom Your Cat

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

New Pet: Dog Play

Congratulations on bringing home a new dog! Whether your pup is a couch potato or high-energy working dog, keeping them busy with safe, fun ways to play will go far in engaging their minds and bodies so they can feel at their best. Check out our resources below on playing with your new pup.

Fun in the Snow with Your Dog

Prepping Your for Outdoor Activities

New Dog Owner’s Guide

End of Summer Fun for Pets

New Pet: Puppy Play

Congratulations on welcoming a puppy into your life! As you probably know, most puppies are filled with more energy and excitement than they know what to do with. There are plenty of safe, fun ways to engage your puppy in play that will help him or her stay busy and to develop a special bond with you. Check out our resources, below.

Easy DIY Pet Toys for the Special Pets in Your Life

Fun in the Snow with Your Dog

End of Summer Fun with Pets

How to Make a Puppy Welcome Basket

New Pet: Kitten Play

We are so happy that you made the decision to welcome a kitten into your family!  Kittens are such a fun addition to the household with their playful, silly antics. If you’re looking to channel your kitten’s energy into safe, engaging activities he or she will love, check out the below resources.

DIY Pet Toys for the Special Pet in Your Life

Top Cat Gifts

The Importance of Toys for a Cat’s Health