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How the Holidays Can Wreak Havoc on Your Pet October 27 2015

With the line of holidays coming up, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine's Day, it's easy to forget how they may negatively impact your pet.

The first holiday havoc to think about is FOOD. From Halloween chocolates to Christmas fruit cake, it's easy for your pet to pig out on something they shouldn't be. Give yourself a reminder on what foods are unsafe for pets so they'll be fresh in your brain when the sweets are out, and just because something isn't on the list doesn't mean it's ok! If anything, keeping food away from your pet will help them from gaining extra winter weight.

A second havoc is holiday PLANTS. Did you know there are almost 400 plants that are toxic to dogs and cats? With a huge list it is easy to become overwhelmed, so let's focus on the top holiday plants. Make sure to keep your Amaryllis, Poinsettia, Mistletoe, and Holly out of fido or fluffy's reach, and keep Pine Needles swept or vacuumed up regularly. 

The third havoc is holiday DECORATIONS. It's fun to decorate the house and yard for the different holidays, but be sure there isn't anything your pet can get tangled in, electrocuted by, cut by, or anything for them to find as a nice snack. Ribbons, spider webs, tinsel, and wrapping paper are easy for your pet to ingest so clean up well and make sure they are hung up high. Holiday lights can also be tempting for pets to chew on so try and keep the cords protected or hidden. Any glass or sharp decorations should also be put up high and not in a place your pet can knock them over and then walk through.

Holiday havoc number four is LOUD NOISES. New Year's fireworks, screaming Halloween heads, and Christmas cracker poppers can startle your pet and send them running to hide. If your pet has issues with loud noises, keep them out of the room before the festivities start. We offer a few Calming options to help with anxiety and nervousness (Calming Spray and ZEN Licks vitamins). The last thing you want is to deal with a stressed out pet right in the middle of your celebration.

Our fifth havoc is holiday TRAVEL. While airlines and hotels are becoming more pet friendly, traveling with your pet or leaving them at home/in a kennel can pull on their emotional strings. Sure not all pets mind when you leave them, but many can become anxious, depressed, or destructive. If they will not be staying at someone's house who will give them them the attention and the exercise they need, look for a reputable boarding kennel in your area. Some kennels take dogs on walks, spend the night with them, have cat play rooms, and even provide in home pet sitting. Check out petsitters.org, care.com, or sittercity.com for in-home pet sitters. Also the AKC has some good questions to ask at your local boarding facility to make sure they will be a good fit. 

Last, but not least, plan ahead and have your vets number on hand, poison control's number on hand, and know where the closest emergency vet office is just in case something happens. 

Hopefully we these tips all of your upcoming holidays will be filled with cheer and happiness for you and your pet!

 


That Dreaded Word...... ALLERGIES! March 02 2015

Allergies = Boo! Prevention & Treatment are key for your pet.

Spring is a common time for allergy symptoms to start showing up in your pet, but did you know some pets only have Fall or Winter allergies? Also dogs and cats exhibit allergies in different ways-- some show watery eyes and sneezing, but others just scratch and scratch or get ear infections. It can be hard to know if an allergy (and what kind!) is causing your pet’s symptoms, so here are a few tips:

 

  • Pollen = symptoms usually start showing in Spring and include chewing at the feet, constant licking of the inside leg and groin, face rubbing, ear infections or inflamed ears, and hot spots

 

  • Ragweed = symptoms usually start in the Fall and include chewing at the feet, constant licking of the inside leg and groin, face rubbing, ear infections or inflamed ears, and hot spots

 

  • Dust = symptoms are worse in the Winter when you’re spending more time indoors, and include chewing at the feet, constant licking of legs, belly, elbows, feet, face rubbing, and hot spots

 

  • Contact Dermatitis = symptoms are worse when exposed to carpets, cleaning products, or plastic items, and include red itchy bumps or blisters on areas with little fur. You may also see intense scratching and hair loss on the belly, feet, or muzzle.

 

  • Food = allergies to food can also show up in addition to environmental allergies. Symptoms include: Itching around the face, paws, legs, and butt. Yeasty ear infections are more common over mites or bacteria. Also skin infections caused by food allergies respond to antibiotics, but then recur as soon as the antibiotics stop.

As pets get older it is common for allergies to become worse, so prevention is the best method of treatment. If you know when your dog or cat’s scratching and chewing start, reach for our Deodorizer/Allergy Spray for fast relief and to keep the fur and skin from becoming red and irritated. This spray can be applied all over the body and will help with red bumps, dander, and scratching.

For dogs with pesky hot spots, have a bottle of Hot Spots/Wound Spray on hand to quickly target the inflammation and stinging/itching sensation. This spray contains a thicker oil and is made for more localized use. It will help promote scabbing and tissue growth of the raw skin. You can also use this spray in between the paw pads and toes for treatment as well.  

For irritating ear infections caused by yeast or mites, our Ear Cleaner Spray will help clear up the infection and prevent future infections, so you can start using this product at any time. It’s gentle and won’t burn or irritate the ears, but will help with redness, brown waxy discharge, and smell. All of these products are non-toxic, safe to lick, and can be used as often as needed!  

Hopefully with these few tips you can help with those inevitable, yearly allergies!

 

 

 

If you are unsure on the type of allergy your pet has, there are several tests available that certain vet clinics can perform. To read more on these visit this site.


Springtime Favorites from PETfection March 01 2014

Springtime is a time for fresh air, sunshine, and outdoor activity, but with it comes bugs, dirt, and unforeseen critters! Fortunately we have all the necessary items to get you stocked up and ready. Our Spring Favorites is a new collection of our most popular items sold this time of year. Whether you want to get your dog out for a good brushing or bathing, or just want to get in some quality play time, we have something that will work for you. 

The downside of Spring is fleas and mosquitoes start hatching and infesting our pets, and critters like skunks start being born and face our pets with a stinky situation. Our Bug Repellent Spray and Outdoor Bugs Be Gone kit will get your pet protected from flea bites, mosquitoes, flies, and ticks. They are great to have for any event outside like garden clean up, BBQ's, hiking, and camping.

Skunks are smelly creatures and never fun to deal with! It is always a good idea to have our Skunk Odor Neutralizer Spray and Shampoo on hand in you live in an area where skunks are making their presence. Both products will help eliminate skunk odors and residue, without being harsh on the skin or stripping the fur of it's natural oils. 

 

skunk odor neutralizer dog shampoo

skunk odor neutralizer spray

 

 

 

After getting the important stuff taken care of, have a relaxing playtime with your pooch with our Hemp Frisbee and excite your cat with our wool Eco Pouncer. :)