Winter Weather: Tips for Helping your Pet Cope with the Chill

It’s that time of year; time to turn up the heat and break out those blankets. As the chilly winter weather sets in, it’s important to keep your pets safe and warm too. Here are a few cold weather tips for your canine and feline family members:

Bring Pets Indoors: If at all possible, it’s best to keep all pets indoors during the winter months. If your dog must stay outside, make sure that he has access to warm shelter. Also, make sure that any outdoor water bowels aren’t frozen so that pets have easy access to water at all times.

Beware of Antifreeze: You may be tempted to use antifreeze to protect your car from freezing temperatures, but this substance is lethal for dogs and cats. Antifreeze is sweet tasting for animals, which might entice your pet to lick up any spills. Ingestion of antifreeze is extremely dangerous and can be deadly without prompt and aggressive medical treatment.

Be Aware of Cold Weather Arthritis Pain: Dogs with arthritis may experience an increase in pain during the winter. Cold weather aggravates arthritis, making your pup more uncomfortable. If you notice any changes in your dog’s ability to move around, contact your pet’s veterinarian, they may suggest pet meds from retailers like to help.

Never Leave your Pet in a Parked Car: Cars act as refrigerators during the winter months, making them extremely unsafe for animals. When the temperature drops, your pet could freeze to death if left in a car.

Stay Active: It’s easy for both people and pets to get a little lazy during the winter, so don’t forget those doggy walks. Year-round activity is key to keeping your pet at a healthy weight. But don’t forget to wipe off your pup’s paws after walks to avoid bleeding due to encrusted ice.

By keeping these few tips in mind, you and your four-legged friend can snuggle up safely all winter long.

U.S. Hotels have gone to the Dogs: Pet-Friendly Lodging on the Rise

Pet owners are no longer forced to choose between leaving their precious companions at a boarding facility or burdening their family members and friends with watching Fido while away on vacay. Increasingly, more hotels are accommodating their pet loving patrons by declaring their lodging to be pet-friendly.

According to, pet-friendly lodging has nearly doubled in the past five years.  However, the definition of “pet-friendly” varies from establishment to establishment. Pet-friendly lodging on the lower end of the price spectrum usually just means that your pooch is allowed to snooze on the floor. But as the price per night increases into the upscale, pets are spoiled with everything from treats to spa services.  Whatever the price point of the pet-friendly hotel you choose, the major perk for pet owners is that their beloved companions are now able to accompany them on any of their out-of-town adventures.

Before you get too excited about the lodging industry’s new-found love for furry creatures, be aware that much of the time pets are only allowed to stay with an additional chunk of change. Some hotels charge an additional fee per night, while others charge a cleaning fee to allow for the extra scrubbing a room might need after a few nights of housing your canine or feline companion.

5 Thanksgiving Tips You and Your Dog Will Be Thankful For

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast can be a difficult time for you and your dogs.  Due to all the chaos dogs often times can find themselves feeling neglected and indulging themselves in a little too much turkey.  This Thanksgiving follow these helpful tips to help keep you and your dog happy and safe.

  1.  Don’t neglect your pet.  During all the hustle and bustle of preparing a Thanksgiving feast your pets may start to feel neglected.  Take the time to play with and/or walk you pet.  Not only will it make them feel loved but it will make them more inclined to rest while you continue to prepare and eat your turkey dinner.
  2. Don’t leave the turkey unattended.  The rich aroma of a cooked turkey is enough to make anyone want to dig in but even an uncooked turkey is irresistible to a dog.  Raw meat, turkey bones and dark turkey meat can all be harmful to your dog.  Cooked dark turkey meat and turkey skin are difficult to digest and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.
  3. Clean as you go.  Continue to clean and tidy the kitchen as you go.  Not only will it save you a huge mess at the end of the night but it will eliminate potential hazards to your dog.
  4. Keep the trashcan out of reach.  Many dogs can’t resist the smell of food, even if it has already been disposed.  Keep your trashcans in a safe place away from your dogs so there are no temptations to dig in.
  5. Give your pet a Thanksgiving treat.  Allow your pet to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner without begging for scraps at the table.  Giving your pet a Kong filled with white turkey meat and dog food will keep your pet satisfied and out of trouble.  If your pet finishes their treat while other guests are continuing to enjoy their dinner, don’t cave in to their begging, you wouldn’t want them to over indulge.

We hope these tips will help you and your loving companions to have a Thanksgiving that you can be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Reducing your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

 There are countless things people can do to reduce the environmental footprint they leave. From hybrid cars, to reusable shopping bags, to energy saving appliances- more and more people are making ecofriendly choices. But what about our pets? 

 Here are a few environmentally friendly choices we can make for our furry friends:

•When choosing dishes for your pet, ditch the plastic and go for stainless steel or ceramic. These dishes are easier to clean AND easier on the environment.

•Groom green at home! There are a lot of organic and natural based shampoos and grooming products available for pet owners. Save money on costly grooming appointments and wash your pup with these eco-friendly products at home.

•Use natural cleaning products when cleaning up your lovable companion’s not-so-lovable messes. These products are easier on the environment and keep your pet and family from inhaling toxic fumes.

•Lastly, the overpopulation of companion animals is a big drain on resources, not to mention a sad truth for the millions of dogs and cats out there without homes. Choosing to adopt a pet instead of buying helps an animal already in need and discourages over-breeding. Additionally, choosing to spay or neuter your pet helps keep population down.

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Dog-Month!

If you’re ready for a dog but not quite ready for all of the trials and tribulations of puppyhood- adopting a senior dog might be the right fit for you.

All of the animals that end up in shelters are in need of loving homes, but some have more trouble than others being placed for adoption. Among the pups that have a tougher time finding families are senior dogs.

Adopting an older dog is a smart choice for a lot of reasons. They’re usually calmer, require less training, and don’t demand the constant attention that a puppy needs. You also know exactly what you’re getting when you adopt a senior dog from a shelter. The personality and full-grown size of an older dog are already established, so there won’t be any surprises.

So if you’re ready for all of the love and companionship that comes with being a dog owner without the chewed-up shoes and housetraining, maybe it’s time to give an older dog a second chance at a happy life!