Dog Safety

Topical Products That Are Dangerous To Pets

There are many topical products we use every day, both over the counter and prescripyion, that can be dangerous to our cats and dogs. Hopefully, this article by Dr. Karen Becker DVM will raise awareness for all dog and cat owners. Dr. Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian.

The "Cute" Little Habit That Can Sicken Your Pet – Or Worse

By Dr. Becker

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Thanksgiving Safety For Your Dog

Turkey DinnerDuring Thanksgiving we all need to be diligent about keeping our dogs safe and as stress free as possible.

If you’re planning a big gathering at your house, some dogs love all the extra attention but if your guy is shy or gets too excited around a lot of people, you may want to prepare a quiet space in another room where they can be away from all the noise and activity.

We all love to give our pooches special treats during the holiday season but please be aware that several items are not good for your dog and some are down right dangerous.

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Consider Your Dog on Halloween

Consider Your Dog on Halloween

Dogs and HalloweenThis is a great reminder from Onslow County Animal Services to consider how trick or treaters may effect our dogs with the onslaught of activity, the costumes, the door knocking and the parade of strangers at your door. It can be an assault on your dogs senses and result in fear or aggression. So consider your dog and the safety of those innocent children. A fun time can turn ugly very quickly.

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Dog Toy Safety Tips

These dog toy safety tips are good to review for new dog owners and veteran owners alike.

Your New Puppy

You just got your new puppy home. Everybody is excited. The kids are running around with huge smiles on their faces as they show off their new furry friend to the other neighborhood kids. Puppy is exhausted and sleeps for an hour or so, how cute, and then wakes up. You rush your new pup outside and you’re excited because he’s done his duty in the right spot. So far, so good.

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Antifreeze Is A Dog Killer!

AntifreezeAntifreeze is extremely dangerous and deadly to dogs. It contains ethylene glycol which can also be found in RV antifreeze that is used to keep water lines from freezing in homes and RV's during the winter, as well as in brake fluid.

Ethylene glycol is deadly to dogs and it doesn't take much to do it's damage. Just 2 tablespoons of antifreeze can kill a small dog and as little as 3 ounces will kill a medium sized dog.

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Protect Your Dog In Hot Weather

With the hot weather of summer coming it’s time to remind all dog owners about the dangers of summer to our furry friends. Leaving your dog in a closed car, not providing fresh clean water, too much exercise in the heat, long walks on hot asphalt or hot sand, lawn chemicals and pesticides and several other things can pose a hazard to our dogs. 

Please read this informative article from the aspca as a reminder of those things we need to keep in mind as we enjoy the summer months with our best buddies;  

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Dog Crate Safety – Collars

Avoid Dog Crate Accidents

When using a dog crate there are some safety precautions that must be considered for the well being of your dog, no matter what age. Dog crate safety is often <img src="puppy-in-dog-crate.jpg" alt="Puppy in Dog Crate" />overlooked and can lead to disaster. Never leave your dog in a dog crate without first removing his collar. The collar can get caught in the wire mesh and as he struggles to get free, it can tighten around his neck and asphyxiate your dog. I know someone who lost her puppy this way and it was so sad. For the same reason, never leave a leash in the crate on or off of your dog. This can happen to any age dog so please avoid it. If you don't want to remove the collar every time you use a crate then purchase a breakaway collar.

It's a good idea to use a breakaway collar if your dog is home alone during the day or you have two or more dogs that like to play fight with each other. There are also many other areas around your house and in your yard where a dogs collar can get caught especially if there are tags attached to the collar.

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Rawhide Dog Treats Can Kill

Rawhide Dog Treats Can Kill

<img src="rawhide-dog-treats.jpg" alt="Rawhide Dog Treats" />While I covered this topic under dog toy safety tips, I think it warrants repeating. Rawhide dog treats are dangerous and can kill. I know I know; you've used them for years and never had a problem. I hope you never do but they are not only dangerous, they are unhealthy. Even though you may have never had a problem, every year thousands of dogs do often requiring expensive life saving surgery to remove rawhide from their stomach or intestines. Not every outcome is happy. Some don't make it and some are never even brought to the vet and end up dying. So the potential to be affected is very real.

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Poisonous To Dogs & Cats

Poison There are so many things we have around our house or come in contact with that are poisonous to our dogs and cats. Reactions vary from mild to deadly so it's important to have the information along with a phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center. Here is a comprehensive list of poisonous items put together by these fine folks.

Courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline  http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/

24/7 Animal Poison Control Center  800-213-6680

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Dog Choking

Learn what to do if your dog is choking.

One second your dog is fine and the next he's choking on something. What do you do? This video teaches you what to do and how to do it. It may just save your dogs' life.

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