Saturday, October 8, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. Simple common sense precautions are recommended to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.

Stash the Treats
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or ASPCA Poison Control Center.
Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets that nibble on them.


Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. Recommendations are not to put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.


Credit: ASPA 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor day wkend-safety tips

Stay Safe With Your Pets
Before you hit the road with your pet this Labor Day weekend, Read these tips to keep your four-legged.

No heads out the window: Although many pets find that sticking their head out the window is the best part of the road trip, it’s not safe. Your pet can easily be injured by flying debris. This should go without saying, but NEVER travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Some states have laws restricting such transport and it is always dangerous.

Frequent pit stops: Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. Most travel service areas have designated areas for walking your pet. Be sure to stay in this area particularly when your pet needs a potty break, and of course, bring along a bag to pick up after your pet. When outside your vehicle, make sure that your pet is always on a leash and wearing a collar with a permanent and temporary travel identification tag. 

Proper hydration: During your pit stops be sure to provide your pet with some fresh water to wet their whistle. Occasionally traveling can upset your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water.

Watch the food intake: It is recommended that you keep feeding to a minimum during travel. Be sure to feed them their regular pet food and resist the temptation to give them some of your fast food burger or fries — that never has a good ending! 

Don’t leave them alone: Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. In addition, an animal left alone in a vehicle is an open invitation to pet thieves.

Practice restraint: Be sure that your pet is safely secured in your vehicle. Utilizing pet safety restraints are the best way to keep your pet safe. They not only protect your pet from injury, but they help by keeping them from distracting you as you drive. Pet safety harnesses/seat belts, travel kennels, vehicle pet barriers and pet car seats are all good choices for securing your pet. No matter what option you choose, make sure your pet does not travel in the front seat.

Safe and comfortable: Whatever method you select to properly secure your pet in your vehicle, be sure to make their comfort a priority. Just as it’s important for your “seat” to be comfortable for your road trip, your pet’s seat should be comfortable too. Typically their favorite blanket or travel bed will do the trick. There are also some safe and very cozy pet car seats available that your pet may find quite comfy.
Read more at TripsWithPets.com

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Anti-Depressant!

My wife was stopped for excessive speeding yesterday! 
She thought she could talk her way out of a ticket until the officer looked at our dog in the back seat.. 

Sent by DZ.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rewarding CAREERS for Passionate Pet Lovers!

Current Opportunities
We are always looking for people who believe in our mission and are passionate about working with pets. For consideration please follow the application process.

Posted
Job Title
Type
Status
06/15/2016
Veterinary Technician
Minimum 1 yr experience of working in clinical settings PREFERRED.
FT
Open
06/014/2016
Customer Service Representative (CSR)
Minimum 1 yr experience working in clinical settings PREFERRED.
FT
Open
06/11/2016
Veterinary Assistant
Strong commitment to work with pets is required.
PT
Open
06/10/2016
Customer Service Representative (CSR)
Strong commitment to work with pets is required.
PT
Open
See detailed job description and apply Online at FPH Careers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The past visit(s) might have not gone so perfect but we can see if we find a way to make a visit less stressful for both of you. We’ve learned a lot in the past few years about how to make the visit much less stressful. Using the right kind of carrier, the right kind of handling and the right attitude, we can enjoy more pleasant visits for our cats. Tell us about your previous experiences so we can come up with a better plan for you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My cat doesn’t need a checkup. We had a cat that lived until 23 years and never went to the Vet and it was fine.

In human years that cat is over 100-year-old person who never went to the doctor. Conditions like bad teeth and arthritis may cause a great deal of suffering and pain. You might also say they were just slowing down or had bad breath or sleeping more etc. Cats are notorious in hiding sicknesses. And if we get a chance to check them over, we can often find where a problem lies and offer management solutions to provide some relief. When our senior cats are comfortable, they are often more active and happy.