Traditionally, the reminder of all things dangerous to your kids for the holidays is mentioned in the November article. The safety issues not only pertain to food but household items; walking, other pets, etc. For a very good rundown of the holiday hazards take a look at a good article from Foster & Smith that even has a quiz at the end – see if you can pass! Here’s the article: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2098&aid=932. Have fun!
Don’t forget about the weight issue, not just at holiday time but all year long. For both you and your pet, walking is an excellent way to keep you both running smooth! Safety should be a priority too. As Cesar suggests in one of his articles, the first item is a leash and collar. Replace if torn or rusted. No-slip collars, also known as Martingale or Greyhound collars, prevent the dog from backing out if frightened but do not choke the pet. Both you and your pet should wear appropriate clothing that is reflective at night and comfortable shoes. Always let someone know where you are going and about how long you will be gone. Mornings are best for walks as they disperse pent-up energy from the night. Cesar believes a healthy balanced life is “Exercise, discipline and affection, in that order.” Remember their DNA is wolf and they need to ‘migrate’ daily.
Here are Cesar’s tips: http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/dog-walk/4-Safety-Essentials-for-Dog-Walkers#ixzz3Ej0p1Jxb.
Another danger to be concerned with, not only for ourselves but for our beloved pets, is food. There have been so many recalls lately on food, products and ingredients that we need to be super vigilant. This excerpt taken from Dogs Naturally Magazine is just a tip of the iceberg “Conventional Kibble Could Be Slowly Killing Your Pets.”
What are the pet food ingredients FDA testing determined to be most likely to contain pentobarbital (lethal drug used to euthanize animals)?
A. Chicken meal, chicken by-product meal, and chicken fat;
B. All by-product ingredients;
C. Animal fat, meat and bone meal, beef and bone meal and animal digest.
Correct Answer: C. From the FDA website, “There appear to be associations between rendered or hydrolyzed ingredients and the presence of pentobarbital in dog food. The ingredients Meat and Bone Meal (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD) are rendered or hydrolyzed from animal sources that could include euthanized animals.”Here is a link to the article: http://www.naturalnews.com/045116_dog_food_kibble_pet_care.html
Do not forget to attend the Cottonwood annual adoption event in the Dance Room November 8 at 9:00 a.m. and the Cottonwood Pet Parade November 22 at 9:00 a.m. in the greenbelt area.
For more information or assistance please contact Rover’s Rest Stop at 480-600-2828. Our kids always have something to say! See you at the events!