Common Households Threats Endangering Your Pet's Health 0
Whether you have dogs, cats, reptiles, or other animal babies, taking care of them and ensuring their safety is of vital importance. No matter if it is in your home, or you finally decided to have a pet friendly office, it is vital that you keep them safe.
If you have bugs or rodents infesting your home, you may have employed some pest control methods to eliminate them from your property. However, these methods could be fatal for your beloved pets. Researching methods that are safe for pets, and will keep them safe is vital. When you're hiring a company to take charge of pest control, you should let them know that you need methods that are safe for the animals living in your house.
Many common cleaning products are linked to allergies and other health threats. Using cleaning products that are animal-friendly can help to eliminate this problem. Still, though, you should make sure that your pets aren't getting near the cleaning products. For example, even if the cleaning materials are deemed safe for households with animals, this label doesn't mean that your pets should lick the substance or get it on their skin.
You might think that the only issue a garbage can could cause is a mess if the dogs or cats knock it over. However, think about all of the items that you throw out. After a chicken dinner, the garbage can likely have bones in it, which could become a choking hazard if your pets get into the food. To store your waste safely, you should keep the can in a locked cabinet, and do everything you can to pet proof your trash.
Drawers And Cabinets
If you have cats that like to climb on the counters, they might open up the drawers. A curious cat inside of a drawer might seem amusing to you, but you should consider what you keep in the drawers. If your cat gets into a drawer with sharp, or gets themselves stuck in a cabinet it could be a headache, or worse.
Some pets will chew on any items that are out in the open. Virtually all buildings have wires in them, but you need to make sure that your pets cannot get to these wires. A storage unit or a baby gate can keep pets away from the cables, which can present dangers associated with both choking and electrocution. Do your best to ensure your pets stay safe around electricity.
While you don't want to start feeling terrified every time that you leave your home, you need to take steps to make your house healthier for your pets. Doing so can provide you with peace of mind.
10 Movies to Watch with Your Dog 0
February blues got you down? Why not make it movie night with your best friend? Pop some popcorn, get a warm blanket, and snuggle up with your pooch. To make sure you’re watching something you both can enjoy, we created a top 10 dog movie list that has something for every taste, whether you prefer silly or sentimental or both.
- Lady and the Tramp. Ditch the popcorn for this one and cook up a batch of spaghetti. The Disney romance about two dogs from different sides of the tracks culminates with one of film’s most legendary kisses.
- Best in Show. What happens when you cross This Is Spinal Tap with the Westminster Dog Show? You get is Best in Show, Christopher Guest’s mockumentary that finds the absurd in our (sometimes obsessive) love of dogs.
- Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Dog movies have a way of making us weep, usually due to a dog passing away. In this remake of Japanese hit Hachiko Monogatari, the dog, an Akita named Hachi, must learn to live with the loss of his person.
- Marley & Me. Gather the whole family together for this one. A young married couple tests the waters of family life by buying a dog and gets more than they bargained for. Will resonate with anyone who has had a house ransacked by a pet. Warning: you will cry.
- 101 Dalmatians. Animated or live action, take your pick for the ultimate rescue tale. What’s not to like about 101 Dalmatians and one of cinema’s great villains, the evil dognapper, Cruella de Vil?
- Old Yeller. Another tear jerker. Old Yeller captures how unwanted dogs have a way of working their way into our hearts. Old Yeller may be yellow, but he’s got a heart of gold, and he sure comes in handy when you have a pack of feral pigs to contend with.
- Beethoven. More evidence that a dog can melt the coldest of hearts. Cinema’s most famous Saint Bernard meets the Newton family, quickly showing an affinity for the music of Beethoven, solving problems and annoying a workaholic dad who shows little interest in rearing his kids, let alone a giant dog.
- Frankenweenie. Looking for something off-beat? Look no further than Frankenweenie from Tim Burton, the man who brought us Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this stop-motion film, a young Victor Frankenstein puts his talents to work to reanimate his beloved late dog, Sparky.
- Turner & Hooch. Is it possible to have a top-ten movie list without Tom Hanks? We say no. A fastidious police investigator finds his life and home invaded by a dirty old French Mastiff. Turner and Hooch is an odd-couple tale of unlikely friends who become partners in crime solving.
- The Fox and the Hound. The lesson that people from different worlds can become best friends never gets old. The Fox and the Hound proves that friendship isn’t about being alike.
Honorable Mention: Homeward Bound, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Cujo, Benji, Lassie, K-9, Oliver & Company, All Dogs Go to Heaven, My Dog Skip, Iron Will, Wendy and Lucy.
And don’t forget to stay tuned for Isle of Dogs. Wes Anderson’s stop-animation film comes out this spring!
Taking a Road Trip with your Pup: the Dos and Don'ts 0
If you are in love with your puppy and can’t stand being separated for very long, holidays travels are certainly no exception. Not only do we miss our pets, it can be difficult and expensive to make sure they are well taken care of when we go out of town.
For many of us, there is no question of whether we will take our dog along, only what mode of transportation we will use. Although traveling by air might be the fastest and safest way to get around this time of year, a road trip may be more affordable and, for some, the only available option.
Here are a few Dos and Don’ts everyone should remember when planning a winter road trip with your pooch.
Be prepared for anything! Stay organized by creating a checklist well ahead of time. You know your pooch best, so make sure you’ve packed your car with everything your dog will need for some time away from home. Some items to remember are: collar, tags, leash, water and food bowls, food, bed, blankets, and medications.
Pack their favorite snacks and toys. A long drive can seem much quicker if your pup is occupied, and keeping them in good spirits will make for a safer, happier trip for everyone. When your friend is content, all you’ll have to worry about is the road and perhaps jamming to classic holiday music.
Consider nausea medication. Car sickness is a real possibility and the smell of puppy barf is no fun for anyone, especially in an enclosed space. Take the time to visit your vet’s office and find out what is best for your pup. Of course, it’s not a bad idea to protect your car seats with some old blankets or towels.
Take pee breaks. Very young and very old dogs tend to pee more frequently. Be prepared for frequent stops so your dog can relieve itself and rehydrate as needed.
Finally, we all know that puppies love their sleep. Taking them out for a long stroll and some play time in the fluffy snow can be the perfect way to get rid of excess energy. Nothing wrong with a short (or long) nap during the ride!
Safety is always the number-one priority when we get behind the wheel, and there are additional considerations when we are traveling with a dog. That means no front-seat action for your pup NO MATTER WHAT, and you should NEVER drive with your dog in your lap. If you fear your pup may need a little more tender love and care while on your trip, consider bringing someone along who can keep them company in the back seat. Of course doggy seatbelts and carriers are always the smartest way to go to ensure your friend is secure, protected and not causing a distraction.
Don’t leave your dog in a cold car. Dogs can and have died of hypothermia due to being left too long in a car on a freezing day. Take your pup inside with you when you can, and, if you have no other choice, leave the car running with the heat on.
Don’t take a long trip unless your pup is acquainted with car travel. A lengthy road trip with a young puppy can be risky, especially at a time of year when weather and traffic conditions are unpredictable. Motion sickness, anxiety and general unruly behavior can make a the drive more difficult and even dangerous. Getting your friend accustomed to the car is not foolproof, but you will reduce the chance of an incident considerably.
Plenty of planning and preparation will assure you and your pup can handle anything when you hit the road. Most importantly, remember to have fun and happy travels!