6 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time of the year for the whole family, but the festive food and decorations can sometimes be dangerous for your furry family members. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s important for pet owners to consider the safety of their pets when they are enjoying the festivities.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to ensure your pets stay safe this holiday season:

1. Maintain your pet’s schedule.

Though things may get busy in your household, it’s important to remain consistent with your pets’ eating and exercise schedules. Your pets thrive on routine and may feel neglected if their schedule is disrupted too much.

2. Keep holiday decorations out of reach.

Tree decorations can look a lot like toys to your pets. Make sure that any glass ornaments or tinsel are hung higher on the tree so that they do not cause temptation. Ingesting tinsel or broken ornament pieces can have serious health consequences for animals. Also, secure any strands of tree lights or other wires to avoid shock hazards or other potentially dangerous situations.

3. Do not leave burning candles unattended.

A scented candle makes a lovely addition to the holidays, but left unattended, burning candles can become a serious hazard as pets may knock them down causing a fire or severe burns. Keep an eye on your pets when they are around candles, and extinguish all flames when you leave the room.

4. Restrict your pets’ access to holiday plants.

Many holiday plants are toxic to animals. Holly, mistletoe, and a variety of lilies can cause a number of serious health issues for your pet. Keep these plants out of areas that your pets have easy access to or opt to use more pet-friendly plants.

5. Avoid sharing holiday treats with your pets.

Though special treats may make the holiday season, they can also cause digestive problems for your pets. Avoid sharing these treats with your animal companions, and be sure to let your guests know the “house rules” about feeding your pets scraps from the table.

6. Be mindful of your pets when you have visitors.

Typically, your home will see more visitors during the holidays. This increased traffic may cause stress for your pets. Make sure that your pets have a quiet place to retreat to when the holiday excitement becomes too much.

Fun Halloween Costumes for Your Pets

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It’s more fun to answer the ringing doorbell on Halloween when your pet is dressed in a fun Halloween costume. Waiting eagerly to greet happy trick-or-treaters, your dog has no idea how cute he is, and of course ,the cat doesn’t care.

Little kids squeal with surprise and parents laugh hysterically as the door opens to find a canine pirate or ballerina, tiny cat clown or barking shark, miniature Pope, or even a dog in a Luke Skywalker or Chewbacca costume.

Which look does your pet prefer? Glamorous, humorous, silly or scary? You can’t go wrong when your kitty is dolled up in a Red Riding Hood costume or your puppy is decked out in a Michael Jackson wig. If scary is the look you want, check out the monster costumes or Tyrannosaurus Rex.

There are hundreds of different costume choices and ideas no matter how big or small your pet. If you’ve got a finicky animal, you might try something light like a scarf or set of moose ears. If your pet loves the idea of strutting her stuff, you can’t go wrong with a full set of jewelry and a tiara. And if your dog is the man of the house, send him to the door to delight the kids fully dressed in a doggie tuxedo, complete with bow tie collar.

If your pet doesn’t mind and won’t be insulted, try a food suit. How about a taco, hot dog, or banana split?

And don’t forget, you and your pet can wear fun and fabulous matching costumes to Halloween parties and to delight your neighborhood trick-or-treaters.

Is your dog getting enough exercise?

We all love our dogs. We nourish and feed them and in return they give us companionship and love. We make sure they get the best food and take them for veterinary visits on a regular basis, but is your dog getting enough exercise? Sometimes this is the one thing that a lot of pet owners overlook.

Exercise is as essential for dogs as it is for humans. Getting your pooch to exercise for at least thirty to forty minutes at least three times per week will keep joints, bones, and his brain functioning at their peak. Dogs that get enough exercise will be more even-keeled and generally happier.

In case you were wondering, taking your dog out for a potty-walk does not count as exercise. Here are some easy ways to make sure your dog gets enough exercise. Remember that the activity must be aerobic.

  • Get a tennis ball, a Frisbee, a chew toy or a stick and play a few games of fetch in your local park.
  • If you have a pool, live near a lake or the beach take your dog swimming. Swimming is terrific for toning all major muscle groups.
  • Take your dog with you on your daily morning jog.
  • Take your dog bicycling. There are products available which allow you to attach a leash to the back of your bicycle. That way you will not have to worry about holding a leash with one hand. This way you can keep both hands on the handlebars.

When your dog receives the right amount of exercise, chances are that it will live a longer, healthier and happier life. However, another these benefits will not only enhance your dog’s life but yours as well.

Testimonial Tuesday: Skin-Eze Reviews

Today we have a few great Skin-eze testimonials to share. We love hearing about how Skin-eze has helped your pets. If you have a story to share, please feel free to leave a comment! Without further ado, onto some Skin-eze reviews.

We have been fostering a severely abused golden retriever with tremendous skin issues including allergies, puncture wounds, dry, itchy skin, hair loss, scarring, dry spots, et al. Between the bathing several times weekly, the change in diet (he was severely underweight), the meds from the vet and the Skin-eze, he has made a remarkable recovery. We ran out of the Skin-eze 2 days ago and he’s scratching constantly which he hadn’t been doing after a week on the capsules when we first started.

Skin-eze is a great product which does what it says, my dogs skin has cleared up and no more break outs, I will continue to give my dog the skin- eze tablets. Thank you

I cannot say enough good things about these products. It truly works. It is a relief not to depend on harsh chemicals and vet prescriptions. Thank you so much.

It really works!! I was able to decrease the daily amount for a few weeks but had to recently increase. Hope it takes all the itchiness away! He is only 6 months old and I did not want to go the traditional route. So blessed to have found your website!!!

Using Wheat Bran to Treat Hairballs in Cats

Healthy digestion and bowel regularity are both important to the health of your cat, no matter what its age. Unfortunately, cats that suffer from frequent hairballs may experience constipation, which can ultimately result in kidney damage and other health problems. Still, there are many remedies for hairballs in cats, including the use of wheat bran.

Homemade Wheat Bran Treatment

If you’re looking for a natural remedy for your cat’s hairballs, try mixing the following ingredients together:

  • one tablespoon of wheat bran
  • one teaspoon of rice bran, or two teaspoons of canned pumpkin

Add this concoction to your cat’s regular food or serve as a treat on the side (many cats enjoy the taste of canned pumpkin). You can repeat this meal once every few days, but you shouldn’t feed your cat this too regularly, as it can be high in calories and fattening. In fact, this recipe is best for cats that are an average weight already and suffering from hairballs.

How does this work to help your cat get rid of hairballs? Essentially, it’s a way of adding a large amount of fiber to your cat’s diet. Since fiber helps stools pass, this homemade wheat bran recipe is a great way to help your cat pass hairballs through the digestive tract.

As a result, your cat will receive the relief it needs from constipation while also expelling hairballs that could otherwise be dangerous. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy finding fewer hairballs coughed up by your cat. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.

There are many treatments for constipation in cats, especially constipation caused by hairballs. However, if you’re looking for a natural treatment that you can whip up with just a couple simple ingredients at home, this is definitely one worth trying.

Testimonial Tuesday: Bladder Crystal Edition

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I have been through the “bladder crystal” routine with our local vet before, and after over $3000 in operations on the poor dog I was forced financially to make the decision to put him down anyhow. Once this new patient (my six-year old male Yorkie) was diagnosed with the same thing but in the beginning stages, I refused to let the vet proceed down the same route. I found you on line and after reading other testimonials on the product, decided to give it a shot. After almost two months of treatment, I am happy to report hat my boy is doing just fine. After the pills are gone, I intend to take him to another vet and have a urinalysis done to verify the results and will report at that time to you the results. For now, I am viewing your product as a “life-saver” and I am extremely grateful I found you when I did. I questioned the vet on their lack of knowledge of these homeopathic medicines especially when their are no other cures but surgery that generally have poor results for the outcome. As expected, they were mum on the subject but did say they would investigate. Thanks again for now and will follow up when meds are finished.

Shop Allergic Pet’s Kidney and Bladder Treatment for pets today!

Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs). Fortunately, UTIs are easy to treat in dogs as they are in humans. Most cases clear up after a simple round of antibiotics.

UTIs occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract. Dogs with compromised immune systems from a previous illness, stress or another cause, are more susceptible to developing UTIs. Serious complications can occur if the infection is left untreated.

How to Tell if Your Dog has a UTI

These infections are uncomfortable, so your dog will show signs of distress. The infection may occur in the urethra, bladder or kidney. Symptoms include:

  • Blood in the urine – if the blood occurs at the beginning or end of the stream, the infection is most likely in the bladder. If blood is continuously present, the infection is probably in the kidney.
  • Difficulty urinating – your dog may strain to urinate or cry out while urinating.
  • Frequent attempts to urinate
  • Accidents around the house
  • Excessive licking
  • Bad smelling, cloudy urine

If the infection is serious, you may see symptoms like:

  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fever
  • Tenderness in the lower abdomen
  • Lethargy

Because these symptoms are similar to other conditions, a urinanalysis will need to be performed by your veterinarian to confirm a UTI. If your dog is acting abnormal and showing signs of distress, give your veterinarian a call.