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Northtowns Pet Blog: Don’t Underestimate Power of Summer Sun on Your Dog

Northtowns Pet Blog: Don’t Underestimate Power of Summer Sun on Your Dog

When the temperature heats up we ready our wardrobes, homes and lifestyles. But you also don’t want to overlook the importance of readying your dog for hot weather. Each animal reacts differently to increased temperatures, so you’ll want to first pay attention to your dog’s response. There are some universal methods that can help your dog beat the heat.

When the temperature heats up we ready our wardrobes, homes and lifestyles. But you also don’t want to overlook the importance of readying your dog for hot weather. Each animal reacts differently to increased temperatures, so you’ll want to first pay attention to your dog’s response. There are some universal methods that can help your dog beat the heat.

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Northtowns Pet Blog: 4th of July Pet Safety

Northtowns Pet Blog: 4th of July Pet Safety

 

Most people are unaware that the *busiest* day for Animal Control is right around the corner! Do you know what day that is? You might have guessed July 4th but is actually the day after. That’s right. It is the fifth of July, as offices are typically closed on the fourth.

When I hear and see fireworks, I think how sad for all the animals that get lost and never make it back home.  The day after all the fireworks have been set off and the parties and family events are over, all the pet owners that have lost their pets will be going to animal shelters to see if their pets have spent the night in doggie jail. This can be a particularly dangerous situation for a pet that has special needs or has a medical condition and could adversely affect their health or risk their life

So how can you protect your pets?

Dog Days of Kenmore: Annual Canine Festival

Dog Days of Kenmore: Annual Canine Festival

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS) will hold its annual canine festival – Dog Days of Kenmore on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th in Mang Park.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 101

Northtowns Pet Blog: Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 101

 

It's time to kick off summer with a Memorial Day celebration! Nothing say's fun in the sun then a barbecue and a good old fashion picnic with family and friends (even Fido would agree). But before you ignite the grill, chomp down on a juicy burger, lounge around the pool and enjoy the festivities remember safety first. Although it is recommended by the ASPCA to keep your dog indoors during those backyard BBQ's. If you insist on allowing your dog to partake in the festive affair it is important that as a responsible pet owner you are aware of the risk. Here are some precautionary pet safety tips to make Memorial day a blast for everyone.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Easing Separation Anxiety

Northtowns Pet Blog: Easing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a very common behavior that is expressed when a dog is left alone.  Usually, it is a severe contrast with his normal behavior when he is around people.  A dog with separation anxiety may be destrucive, potty in the house, cry, bark, yelp, slobber and pace.  It can begin as young as 9 months of age and is also common in older dogs who are losing their sight and hearing and are more dependent  on their owners.  Your veterinarian can easily diagnose this behavioral disorder after ruling out possible medical causes. 

The anxiety level can vary as well as the intensity of unwanted behaviors.  Signs of a dog with separation anxiety are:

2 Your Pet: Help One Year Old Douglas

Douglas is a one year old mixed-breed dog who is looking for a good home. He has been living in a foster home for several months.

His foster mother says that he is a friendly and active dog and gets along great with other dogs and kids.

For more information, you can visit the Buffalo Animal Shelter's Website, or call (716) 851-5694.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Pet Health Hazards Abound In Spring-Are You Prepared?

Northtowns Pet Blog: Pet Health Hazards Abound In Spring-Are You Prepared?

As I was busy making my rounds walking clients dogs today I noticed one of the dogs kept walking over to flowers that were along our path.  It made me think about how important it is to be aware of the potential dangers spring plants and fertilizers pose for pets.

Flowers and plants are decorative and not meant to be eaten. As with any non-food , some flowers and plants can have a varying effect on pets if ingested.

Being a cat and dog owner, I know it can be a challenge, but don't let cats and dogs ingest any parts of any plant.  Keep indoor plants and bouquets in a spot that they cannot easily access.

I have included some information you can access here on some informative springtime tips to keep your pets safe.  

Another tip: Familiarize yourself with which blooms are safe for pets and which could be toxic.