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Northtowns Pet Blog: 9 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites on Halloween

Northtowns Pet Blog: 9 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites on Halloween

Many dogs enjoy the holidays. Nonstop doorbell rings and visitors showering attention may be doggy bliss for your pet. But even friendly, laid-back pooches get their tails in a twist over the disruption to routine. That can be dangerous for pets and for people.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Make a Tasty Halloween Doggie Smoothie!

Northtowns Pet Blog: Make a Tasty Halloween Doggie Smoothie!

Double, double, toil, and trouble -- fire burn, and caldron bubble! After a night spent howling at the moon, trick or treating with the neighbor dogs, or attending a fun doggie Halloween pawty, your dog will appreciate this fun, yummy, and healthy treat.

In a blender, mix up one cup kefir (plain and low-fat is best), several ounces of unseasoned chicken stock, a slice of cooked liver, 1/4 lightly steamed organic carrot, a dollop of canned pumpkin (make sure it's pure pumpkin, 'k?), a splash of organic apple juice, and a few banana slices. 

Top with a teaspoon of crushed flax seed and a small spinach leaf and serve in a stainless-steel bowl. Your dog will love you for it! Arrrooooooooo!

LOST PET: Chloe the Pitt-Bassett Hound Mix

LOST PET: Chloe the Pitt-Bassett Hound Mix

Western New York is full of good neighbors and with that in mind, 2 Your Town is asking you to keep a look out for Chloe, a 5 year old Pitt-Bassett Hound mix.

Chloe was last seen in the Blackrock/Riverside community and has been missing since the 4th of July.

A Facebook page has also been set up to help spread the word and update the public. 

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Chloe, you are asked to contact her owner at 876-2749.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Pets may not be good party animals for Halloween

Northtowns Pet Blog: Pets may not be good party animals for Halloween

 

5 tips to ensure pets stay safe, comfortable.

 

When asked about his plans for Halloween, Garfield, the world’s most finicky feline, said, “Halloween is my kind of a holiday. Not like those other stupid holidays. I don't get pine needles in my paws. There's no dumb bunnies, no fireworks, no relatives, just candy. Boom, you go out, you get candy. It's as simple as that.”

 

Halloween can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for pets.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Fire Safety Month: Protect Your Pets

Northtowns Pet Blog: Fire Safety Month: Protect Your Pets

It is estimated that about 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year. Find out how to keep your animals safe with these tips.

While people often think of fires occurring in hot, dry months, the chance of house fires actually increases during the cooler months with the use of heaters, candles, fireplaces, wood stoves and holiday lights.

“To lose a family pet under any circumstances is devastating. To lose a pet in a fire is beyond words,” says Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. “Firefighters will attempt to save family pets, but they need to have an idea of where they are in the house and if there are pets at all.” 

Northtowns Pet Blog: Autumn Safety Tips

Northtowns Pet Blog: Autumn Safety Tips

Autumn Safety Tips


Ah, fall—there’s nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, the season is a minefield! Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Before You Get a Dog: Create a Calming Environment

Northtowns Pet Blog: Before You Get a Dog: Create a Calming Environment

In addition to dog-proofing your home, you'll want to create a soothing, pleasant environment to welcome your new best friend. Set up a crate for your dog in a quiet but well-used area and provide plenty of chew toys. You can also put the television or music on and use Dog Appeasing Pheromone sprays to comfort your new pooch and help it adjust to its new environment. 

If you can, it's a good idea to bring your new pup home on a Friday and take a couple of days off work the following week. That way you can practice getting your dog used to your absence and establish some household rules and routines.

You might also want to consider utilizing the services of a professional pet sitter to make mid day visits during your work days.