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Preventing Heat Stroke in Dogs

Preventing Heat Stroke in Dogs

By Dr. Phil Zeltzman

Heat stroke occurs when your pet's internal temperature becomes dangerously high, generally about 106 degrees F. It can be due to being locked in a hot car, or to over-exercising in a hot and/or humid environment. Either way, it leads to a cascade of very serious conditions that can result in brain damage, organ failure, and death. A chemical reaction occurs and actually breaks down the cells in your pet's body.

9 Tips to Prepare Your Pet for Warmer Weather

9 Tips to Prepare Your Pet for Warmer Weather
1. See a Vet

Schedule an appointment to see your pet’s veterinarian. Bi-annual exams are the best way to ensure that any potentially life-threatening condition is detected early. At this time of the year, have your pet’s doc give him a blood test for heartworm, in order to prescribe a preventive program.

2. Groom Your Pet

What a great time for a makeover! Have a groomer revitalize your pet’s fur and trim those winter-ravaged ends.

Pet Sitters International Offers Tips for Couples Planning to Include Pets in Their Weddings

Pet Sitters International Offers Tips for Couples Planning to Include Pets in Their Weddings
If man’s best friend is going to be man’s best man, be sure a professional pet sitter is on the guest list to assist.

June is still the most popular month for weddings, according to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com’s 2012 Real Weddings Survey. With more than 70 million pet owners in the United States many couples tying the knot this summer may join the growing trend of including pets in the bridal party. For brides and grooms who want their four-legged friends by their side on their special day, Pet Sitters International (PSI) advises that using a professional pet sitter can be a huge asset.

Senator Grisanti to Receive Humane Leadership From ASPCA at May 6th "Voices For Animals Day" in Alba

Senator Grisanti to Receive Humane Leadership From ASPCA at May 6th "Voices For Animals Day" in Alba

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti has been selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to receive the organization's coveted Humane Leadership Award at its annual "Voices For Animals" Day. For more information, please visit www.senatormarkgrisanti.com/?p=6332

Here Comes Peter Cottontail ...

Here Comes Peter Cottontail ...

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way, but so is potential danger to your pets. Help keep your pets safe by keeping these four items out of paw’s reach this Easter.

The Easter Lily – While one of the most popular plants this time of the year, it is also one of the most poisonous. This plant is considered highly toxic to cats, as well as the Tiger Lily, Rubrum Lily, Japanese Show Lily and certain species of the Daylily. Avoid any bouquets with lilies and instead opt for a safer option like Easter orchids, roses or daisies.

Avoid Dangerous and Expensive Pet Injuries this Winter

Avoid Dangerous and Expensive Pet Injuries this Winter

Avoid Dangerous and Expensive Pet Injuries this Winter

Laura Stauffiger, Owner of Laura's Critter Care share tips to prevent common weather-related pet injuries.

Winter can be harsh on pets - especially small animals and smooth-coated breeds. Pets need special attention during the winter months.

Lesions on legs from stepping in snow holes, cuts on paws from walking on ice and illnesses from ingesting toxic chemicals are all typical winter-related pet-injuries. These are injuries that can be avoided if pet owners and caregivers are conscientious.

When possible, Laura urges pet owners and pet-care providers to consider the following preventive measures for maximum health and safety for their pets this winter:

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs Will Have Tails Wagging North of the Border

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs Will Have Tails Wagging North of the Border

Dogs love to  chase bunnies, but who knew they also loved to hunt for Easter eggs?The annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs, presented by National Service Dogs (NSD), will take place in nearby London, Ontario, on March 29. A fundraising event for NSD, the event has been hosted in various cities across Ontario over the last 15 years. 

In fact, the hunt is hosted every Good Friday in nine Canadian cities. The 2012 Easter Egg Hunt raised over $100,000 for this worthy organization, committed to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children and individuals living with autism and special needs.