This is the time of year when we worry most about our dogs, getting flees and ticks. We should also be concerned with many more hazards of spring and summer. Just like the autumn and winter. Changing seasons pose many environmental hazards for dogs as well as us. Young children and animals alike can be curious of many attractions of dangerous plants chemicals etc.
Smelling and tasting a poisonous plant. An appealing chemical stored in the shed or garage. (Such as antifreeze) which has a sweet taste and most appealing to dogs. Antifreeze swallowed has proved to be fatal.
I once witnessed a dog that suffered and died from this. I wrote an article last year on
Spring time is just around the corner, or I hope so anyway. Its difficult walking the dogs along side of the snow covered banks. Once the snow starts thawing the roadways will be more assessable.
However the melting snow and all of the roads still covered with salt and chemicals can pose a danger for your dog. Did you know that if ingested, salt that is used to treat roads in the winter time can create havoc in your dog’s digestive system? The ice melt in your driveway should be pet safe. Many stores carry it. Prices vary from store to store, but when it comes to our pets, it’s worth the price.
Worst of all, antifreeze many times can be in puddles of water in which a car may have been parked or broken down. With the melting snow and water drainage from driveways and garage’s, it is difficult to recognize a poisoned puddle of water. So when walking your dog in very wet areas, never let them drink from a puddle. Antifreezeingested is fatal. An animal will drink it because it smells sweet and inviting.
I posted an article last year in May about thedangers of antifreeze. Within that article I write how one dog died shortly after ingestion of antifreeze.
Since then a law has been passed to add a bittering agent to deter an animal or child from drinking it. This law will be in effect next month. Read more….
If your dog becomes sick and lethargic after drinking from a water source you think may have been contaminated, quickly get him to a vet. Time is crucial, and damage is already in effect.
Our first snow fall of the year, here in Massachusetts. Our town got just a little over an inch. Enough to cover the ground. It was also enough to keep my little Doxie from going out doors this morning. He took about three steps into the snow and made a U turn back into the garage. Lucky for him and me both, I can lay puppy pads done for him to use.
There isn’t too much snow to have to worry about shoveling; I can lay down some ice melt. Did you know however that this can hurt your dog if ingested? Even walking on could possibly burn the little pads of his feet.
I will probably shovel near the garage area and a spot for him to use when he needs to relieve himself. Other than that, I will use a paw safe ice melt. You can purchase a brand for your pet in many stores. Amazon.com sells a variety, and I find that there prices are lower than others. Pet smart claims to sell one, however I have not been able to locate it there.
When it comes to the cold and your pets, you need to be concerned not only for safety, but for comfort as well. Here are some tips at: ASPCA The tips here will ensure your pet’s safety and comfort. Be sure to read what poisons can be ingested during the winter season, and take note as to how dogs can get lost very easily in a storm or cold weather, because of their lose of scent.
Take measures for your dog that you would for yourselves. Keep them warm, safe, and comfortable.
It’s Monday morning here in Massachusetts, and the winds are starting to pick up. There is just a drizzle of rain, but heavier winds and rain are expected by afternoon. Retail stores, and supermarkets, have been jamming with people buying batteries, generators, flashlights, food and water. Banks and gas stations as well have been swarming with customers.
I remember all too well last year’s devastating storm just one year and a day today. Many People in Massachusetts and states nearby, Connecticut and, Rhode Island were without power for two weeks and better. Utility workers from all around worked around the clock for weeks.
Last years devastation left quite an impact on us. This year people are taking a more extensive measure of action. Schools are already closed. Businesses are closing. Utility workers from other states are already here and prepared. There are more shelters available, and prepared to help in the event of evacuations.
How have you and your family prepared for this storm? Where will you and your pets go in the event of an evacuation?
Victoria Stilwell gives some excellent tips onpreparing your dog for a Hurricane. Pets as well as people need a plan of action, with food and water, medicine’s, bedding, and a place to stay. Check with shelters in your area to know if they will accept you with your pets.
For the love of dogs today
To everyone that may be affected by Storm Sandy, be prepared, stay safe, and stay together!