Friday, December 23, 2011
How do our pets know it's Christmas? They get treats and toys and love and affection, every day of the year. But we do out-do ourselves this time of year, according to this
poll 91% of pet owners buy a present for their dog or cat.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones—human and animal alike. So it makes sense that we’re tempted to fix Fido a plate of all the scrumptious holiday food we’re eating, right? But wait! Put down the serving spoon. Are you sure that’s safe for your pet?
Ten Thanksgiving dangers. Some foods are totally off-limits to our furry pals (and there’s a full list of them at ASPCA.org). Ten of them are especially common around the holidays. Just say no to:
|•||candy with xylitol|
|•||batter with raw eggs|
|•||onions and garlic|
|•||raisins and grapes|
|•||rich or spicy foods|
Let’s talk turkey. Good news for Fido! ASPCA experts say a little bite of plain turkey is usually safe for pets. If you decide to share, remember: Only boneless, well-cooked turkey is OK.
Don’t overdo it. Lots of us overindulge at the Thanksgiving table, but when our pets do, it can be a real problem. It’s best to keep pets on their normal diets during the holidays, but if you do decide to share your holiday spread, make it just a taste. Eating too much can give your dog diarrhea, upset stomach, or even pancreatitis.
Play it safe. If your dog or cat consumes any potentially harmful foods or products, please consult your veterinarian, or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or www.aspca.org/apcc.
For more tips, visit the ASPCA Thanksgiving safety page.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
According the Center for Disease Control, the canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with infected dogs and by contact with contaminated objects.
Canines with an increase risk are those who frequent doggy daycares, parks and boarding facilities.
Susan Waggie who has been a veterinarian for almost 20 years says H3N8 is an airborne upper respiratory infection. Waggie says parks, doggy daycares and boarding facilities can expose your pet to dogs that have the infection.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
If this is Austin, there must be a dog costume contest and wiener dog race happening somewhere with local TV personality as MC
10:00 am The Canine Center for Training & Behavior
11:00 am HyCaliber K9's
11:30 am McCormick & Schmick's (homemade dog treats)
12:00 pm Wiener Dog Races
1:00 pm Fit Dog Austin
1:30 pm Austin PD K9 team
2:30 pm Pet Parade3:00 pm Canine Costume Contest
The following 8 local rescue groups will benefit from Dogtoberfest 2011:
Friday, October 14, 2011
9th Annual Corgi Celebration Schedule of Events:
9:00am: Corgi Shoppe and Vendors open
Click here more info.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Kind-hearted animal lover and Driftwood resident Theresa Jones, found this possible Morris look-alike. He was neutered Oct 3, had his initial shots, and was negative on FLV. He is probably about 1.5 years old. He has his claws. She provided the following personality profile and info on him:
He is doing great. He seems very content indoors. I think he could be an indoor cat. Right now he is living in my guest room but tomorrow I'm moving him to my studio and he'll probably be an outdoor cat in a few days. He watches out the window some but hasn't shown a great desire to get outside.
He's a handsome boy. He likes to sleep on the bed, especially with someone. He loves to cuddle and rub faces. I weighed him today and he's about 9 pounds. I've exposed him to our dog. The dog was pretty excited about the cat but the cat's pretty mellow about the dog. The cat's pretty mellow about everything except food and getting his chin scratched.
He has yet to show any aggressive behavior. I think he would be a great family pet. He hasn't shown big concern about other cats (it's the resident cats who are the problem). I hate to have to send him outside but the current situation (him living in the back of the house) is not sustainable.
Contact: Theresa firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
SDF responded, providing 13 teams—a third of the FEMA advanced-certified canine search teams deployed at Ground Zero. The deployment posed the most challenging search environment our teams had yet faced, but their high-level training proved to be invaluable under the difficult conditions.There were reports of non-SDF dogs being injured during the search at Ground Zero with burned or cut paws. Not one of the Foundation's FEMA Certified dogs was injured. Why? Because of the SDF dogs’ arduous, ongoing field training. Our dogs' paws could withstand the irregular, shifting surface of the rubble pile because they work weekly on rubble, all year round, which prepares their paws for rough conditions. Also, the dogs and handlers knew how to avoid dangerous spots, because they'd done it all in training.
It is heartwarming to know that many of the SDF dogs that worked at the World Trade Center were themselves rescued. Professional training brought them to a high level of proficiency, so that they were prepared for this type of deployment.
We have been asked frequently what items we are in need of to help the animals of Bastrop. Here is a list!
- Flexible vet wrap, 1-2” widths
- Gauze bandages
- Gauze pads, 2”x2”
- Non-Stick, sterile pads, all sizes
- EZ Cheese for medicating dogs (yes, what you get at the grocery store and generic is fine)
- Disposable puppy pads
- Stainless steel food bowls
- Stainless steel litter pans (food grade steam trays)
- Disposable litter pans
- Yesterday's News cat litter (available online or in pet stores)
- Organix dog and cat food (found online or pet stores)
- Precise dog and cat food (found online or in pet stores)
- Nature's Select dog and cat food (available online)
- Nightlights (unscented)
- Clavamox tabs (all sizes)
- Clavamox liquid
- Telfa or non-stick pads
- Cast padding
- Elastikon tape
- Silver sulfadiazine cream
- Gift cards to: Petsmart, Petco, Tomlinsons and Sams Club
- Monetary donations
Many of these items can be purchased at amazon.com and mailed to us. We need these items as soon as possible, so if your purchase them, please send them quickly if you can. Our shipping address is:
ATTN: Animal Care Dept, 124 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752
To drop items off, bring them to 124 West Andereson Lane, Austin, TX 78752. You can leave them under the sign on the wall saying "Donations" or leave them inside with administrative staff.