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December 2016

Guide to Giving Your Pet Holiday Leftovers

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As a general rule, it is best not to feed your pet those food items that are designed for human consumption.  However, the bond between pets and their humans can make it difficult for one to abstain from all sharing, especially during the holidays.  Fortunately, there are some foods one can safely share. Giving Your Pet Holiday Leftovers When considering what to share with your pet, it’s important to first know exactly what holiday leftovers it’s vitally important to avoid giving them: Anything you know may upset their stomach. Some pets just cannot handle new foods, especially in large quantities. If your pet seems sensitive to new foods, it’s best to avoid giving them anything new to try. Large amounts of fatty, spicy and new things. Even if your pet seems comfortable trying new foods, a bunch of new, intense foods can be overwhelming. Onions and other alliums. Onions, garlic,…

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Christmas Trees: Friend or Foe to Pets?

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Most pet owners understand that bringing a Christmas tree into their home means they will have to carefully monitor their pet’s behavior to prevent their pet from damaging and destroying the tree and decorations on it.  We only occasionally think about whether the tree can harm our pets. Christmas Trees and Pets Depending upon a pet’s normal disposition, Christmas can be a stressful and scary time for them.  New things appear around the home, some small, some big, some noisy, and some fragrant.  Some pets may simply hide, others may inspect the new items, and still others may try to destroy them.  It is the interaction and destruction that opens the door to potential health problems. There are some holiday plants, including mistletoe and holly, that are highly toxic to our pets, and pet owners should avoid keeping these plants in their homes.  However, since it seems a bit extreme…

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5 Dog Grooming Tips for Winter Weather

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Some dog owners incorrectly assume that it’s okay to avoid all grooming during the winter months due to cooler temperatures.  However, regular grooming is essential to your dog’s health and comfort and should continue even when temperatures drop.  Following are five tips to proper winter grooming for your dog: Protect your dog’s paws. The snow, salt, mud, rain and low temperatures during the winter can cause numerous problems for your dog’s delicate paws, including irritated, cracked and infected pads.  One simple solution is to clean your dog’s paws whenever they come indoors, using a clean, dry towel to wipe their feet thoroughly.  Watch for snow, ice or mud stuck in between toes.  Another solution is to get cloth or rubber booties for your dog to wear outside.  Be aware that while some dogs will tolerate booties, others will refuse to walk in them and may chew them off. Give your…

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Weather Changes: Why You Should Modify Your Pet’s Routine

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Consider how the cold, dry winter weather affects your health and skin, and how your clothing habits, exercise routine and skincare regimen changes as a result of these weather changes.  Just as the winter season affects humans, it also affects pets.  They too require special care in order to deal with environmental changes, and stave off illness. Modifying a Pet’s Routine in Winter Colder weather can affect a pet’s respiratory system, causing them sinus and breathing problems.  If they suffer from arthritis or other joint issues, these can be exacerbated by colder weather.  Owners can help them by making certain changes in their routine, including: ● Sleeping area changes.  Pets need a sleeping area that is insulated, warm and cozy.  Pets that sleep outdoors at night need a place that is both wind and waterproof.  Crates and shelters should be raised above ground level to help prevent excessive moisture or water…

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