Protecting Your Pets From Ticks

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The news has been reporting that 2013 could be a record year for ticks. All of us are at risk to become the host for a tick, even our pets.  These troublesome parasites live off the blood of their host, whether it is a human or animal.    Here are some tips when it comes to ticks and your furry family members. Know how to identify a tick.  Ticks can be black, brown, or tan with eight legs.  They can be as small as the head of a pin.  So it can be easy to miss them! Ticks prefer to stay close to the head, neck, feet and ear area, but are not limited to these areas.  To check your …

Protect Your Dog From the Heat

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The calendar said that it is officially summer, and I think the weather is listening!  The heat and humidity are finally making it feel like summer.  As we get hotter, we all have our own ways of cooling off.  But be sure that your are keeping your dog cool, too!  Here are some tips to keep your furry family member comfortable and safe in the heat this summer. Keep your dog hydrated.  Make sure the water bowl has a fresh and clean supply of water all day.  You may even want to consider using a larger water bowl during the summer months and also keep a water bowl outside that is accessible during playtime.  Watch for signs of dehydration, including …

National Dog Bite Prevention Week – Protect Your Child!

Educate yourself for Dog Bite Prevention Week

Next week, May 19th to the 25th, marks National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  According to the Center for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and approximately 885,000 of those bites require medical attention.  Dog Bite Prevention Week is a public safety campaign to focus on safety tips and emphasize the need for increased pet owner responsibility in the prevention of dog bites. Children are the number one victims of dog bites.  Shockingly, the ASPCA reports that 50 percent of children in the United States will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday.  Here are some tips to keep your child from being included in that statistic. Before bringing a dog into your …

Spring Photos and Easter Safety for your Pets!

Bobbie is excited at the prospect of getting her photo with the Easter Bunny!

If your canine companion isn’t too busy chasing bunnies in the backyard, maybe he would like a photo shoot with one!  On Saturday, March 30th, Paws and Claws Animal Rescue is giving you the opportunity to have your lovable pooch photographed with the Easter Bunny himself! Pictures will be from 11 AM to 2 PM at Joseph-Beth in Crestview Hills, KY (2785 Dixie Highway.) For just $10, you will receive your spring photo, with all proceeds going to benefit the rescue! Help Paws and Claws continue in its mission to give as many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens a chance at the best furever life they can have! Keep Your Pets Safe This Easter! Easter is right around the corner with …

Winter Pet Hazards: Indoor Threats

Lenny is all cozy in his jammies, waiting on his furever home!

When the cold temperatures are upon us, the threats to our pets are not just outdoors. There are also some indoor threats you need to be cautious of to keep your pets safe through the winter. Open flames can be a hazard for your pets. The warmth and light can be attractive to them. Always monitor your pets when there are fireplaces ablaze or candles lit in your home. You don’t want your pet burned or a candle knocked over to set your home on fire! Space heaters can be a big concern for pet owners, especially cat owners who fear their furry friend will want to cuddle up to it. Consider purchasing a ceramic heater, which are extremely effective but …

Winter Pet Hazards: Salt and Ice

Snoop's feathery fur is a trap for snow and ice!

So we’ve had a break from the snow and ice for a bit, but it will probably be back sooner than we would like!  When the temperatures drop again, you need to be aware of more hazards that can threaten your pet – salt and ice.  Ice and toxic chemicals found in many ice melters can put the paw pads of your pet at risk for drying, cracking, frostbite, and chemical burns. Ingesting these chemicals can also threaten your pet’s health.  Here are some tips to prevent your dog from being harmed by these elements:  Try a winter bootie on your dog.  Our friends at Paw Joggers recommend booties made by Ruff Wear or a “minimalist” rubber bootie made by Pawz if your …

Winter Pet Hazards: Antifreeze Poisoning

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With winter being in full swing, there are some things you need to be aware of to keep your pets safe through the winter months!  The next few weeks, we will be providing you with some tips to help keep your furry family members out of harm’s way. Your pets may be more likely to be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the winter months.  Antifreeze and wiper fluids contain toxins that can be poisonous or deadly to your pets.  Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in most antifreeze products, has a sweet flavor and aroma, which may be inviting to animals.  According to the Humane Society, only a few tablespoons can jeopardize an animal’s life.  Follow these tips to protect your …

Pet Costume Safety

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Halloween is in just a couple days!  Although I don’t dress up my furry girls, I will be sure to see many pets donning costumes on Halloween night!  Here are some tips to keep your pet safe in those Halloween costumes! Your pet’s costume should fit well.  A costume that is too loose could be twisted or caught on something, leading to injury. Costumes should not have decorations that could be easily chewed off and swallowed by your pet, including loose strings and beads. Make sure the costume doesn’t hinder your pet’s movement, hearing, or breathing! You want your pet to look cute, but don’t force your pet into a costume that will make him uncomfortable or stressed! Always monitor …

Is Your Garage a Hazard to Your Pet?

Lily and Macy are enjoying some outside time!

In the summer, my garage is open many of the times my dogs are out, allowing them access to anything that it may hold.  They often venture in there to cool off and snoop around.  Since we never know what our family pets may get into in our garages, it is important to pet proof to ensure their safety!  Here are some tips for pet proofing your garage! 1. Keep the floor clear of anything sharp. Secure objects such as sharp tools and nails up high and out of reach of your pets. Make sure to clean up all of those pointy wood fragments after your projects are completed! 2. Make certain your pet cannot get to any chemicals, including …

4 Pet Food Companies To Know Series: FROMM FAMILY

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When any pet food recall happens it’s big news to any pet owner. Naked Dingo is highlighting 4 pet foods you need to know over the next 4 weeks. None of the featured pet food companies have ever been affected by a recall. It’s important to tell the story behind companies trusted to provide healthy food options for our dog and cats. Without a doubt there are a lot of pet foods to choose from.  While bigger brands like an Iams or Purina are easier to find, in this series we wanted to highlight smaller companies building their own tradition of producing quality pet foods. These smaller brands grow on word of mouth alone, and spend very little on marketing. …