Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Food Issues

Holidays are filled with excitement and interesting smells for our pets, but it is up to us to make sure the fun doesn’t turn into danger. For example, things that are yummy to us, like chocolate, grapes/raisins,and avocado, can make our pets sick or worse.

The ASPCA has put together a handy list of foods to avoid: ASPCA: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.

Oh. and keep a close eye on your guests - adults and kids may “feel bad” for your pet and slip them a little treat, not knowing the damage they could cause!

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Thanksgiving

For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is THE holiday of the year, and there are lots of reasons why: good food, football, fun with friends and family, etc.

But it is also important to remember to keep our pets in mind on this big day. Keeping them safe lets everyone enjoy the holiday fun!

For a great set of tipe, please visit: AVMA: Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Travel

For many people, the holidays are time to get together with friends and loved ones, and often that means it’s time for a road trip!

However you travel, if you plan to take your pet along, you should plan their trip as carefully as you plan your own, or even more so. ;-)

The AVMA has posted a great list of tips for traveling with your pet: 11 things you can do to make travel safer for you and your pet.

Nylabone recalls puppy chews for possible contamination by Salmonella

The products in question, at this point anyway, are the Puppy Starter Kit. These are sold online and in stores. See more details here: Nylabone recalls puppy chews OR Nylabone Recalls Puppy Starter Kits For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Don't forget, February Is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Dental healthcare is an important part of taking care of your pet, and it can be easier than you might think!

Want to learn more about brushing your dog’s teeth?

Check this out: Learn more:

Recommended Supplies

For us, the winning combo was a flavored dog toothpaste that Bailey loves (don’t use human toothpaste, it’s not safe for pets!), and the finger toothbrush (see below).

This is our fav!

These are handy too!

5 Tips for Helping Your Pet Deal With the Heat Wave

Humans aren’t the only creatures who struggle in this hot, hot weather. So, here are some tips to help you help your pets manage the hazy, hot, and humid days of summer:

And here is a bonus tip from Bailey - pools are cool!

Dogs and Ticks - Some Tips!

No one wants to think about it, but the odds are, at some point, your dog could encounter a tick. Here are some resources:

Pet Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk

On Wednesday the Bravo! company issued the voluntary recall for frozen varieties of its Chicken Balance, Chicken Blend and Beef Blend Burgers products for dogs and cats because of possible salmonella contamination.. Details about the recalled products can be found at:

Kasel Associates Industries Recalling Certain Pet Treats Due to Salmonella Contamination Boots and Barkley, Colorado Naturals, Nature’s Deli among brands affected

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Kasel Associates Industries Inc. is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Kasel has issued three previous recall notices for specific products manufactured during this time period. This includes products from: Kasel Boots and Barkley, BIXBI, Colorado Naturals, Nature’s Deli, K9 Chicken, and TDBBS, Inc among brands affected. These were sold at/by: Petco, Kasel, Menards, BIXBI, Target, Nutri-Vet, Sam’s Club, Costco, and TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks. Get the details here:

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month!

Get tips and info about Responsible Pet Owners Month:How to Participate in Responsible Pet Owner Month Another thing to consider - tracking your dog’s health! If your pet is healthy, documenting what’s normal will help you and your vet clearly identify when things take a bad turn. If your dog has health issues, tracking will help you better manage his/her care! Check out for an easy, online tracking tool that you can use from your browser, Android, or iOS device (iPad, iPhone, etc.). Oh, and did I mention that it’s free?

Don't forget, February Is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Have questions about brushing your pet’s teeth?Want to learn more about brushing your pet’s teeth? Check this out: Learn more:

For us, the winning combo was a flavored dog toothpaste that Bailey loves (don’t use human toothpaste, it’s not safe for pets!), and the finger toothbrush (see below).

This is our fav!

These are handy too!

Superstorm Sandy Resources - List Updated

I’ve updated the list, adding more gas station info lists (more on that in a bit), pet rescue contact phone number, and utilities urls and phone number. One more tip - we’re finding that comparing the results/info from 2 or more of the gas tools is the best way to verify the info. When 2 or more agree, the odds that the info is current and correct increases. Here’s the permalink to my Superstorm Sandy Resource List: /blog/2012/11/2/hurricanesuperstorm-sandy-find-gas-hotels-food-in-nj-other-r.html

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy - Find Gas, Hotels, Food in NJ + Other Resources

Here are the sites I’m finding most useful. Feel free to pass along others; I’ll update as I get new info! [Updated: Added NJ Transit info 11/7/2012]

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy Resources

Find Open Gas Stations

NJ Transit Post-Hurricane Service Updates and Travel Options

NJ Transit has posted an update for the following (click on the links to see the latest details):

5 Links for National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month One more thing we have in common with our pets: pets can get diabetes. In recognition of National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some links to help you learn what to what out for, how pets are tested for diabetes, and how we can help our pets.

And, as always, don’t hesitate to talk to your vet about any concerns/questions you have about your pet’s health!

15 Links for Halloween & Pets Fun!

OK, sure, it’s always sad to say good bye to Summer, but rather than dwell on that, let’s get ready for the next Big Fun Holiday: Halloween!

There are lots of ways to include your pet in your Halloween fun. But it’s important to keep safety in mind, and to consider your pet’s personality. If they prefer to sit this one out, give them someplace quiet to hang out until it’s all over.

Either way, here are some ideas and tips for a great Halloween:

Halloween Pet Treats

Hint: You might want to keep some dog treats handy for any furry trick-or-treaters!

Halloween Pet Trivia

Halloween Pet Costumes/Costume Ideas

Happy Howl-o-ween: Save up to 50% on hundreds of Halloween products at! Offer Valid 10.19 - 10.23.

Reminder: Hose Water Can Get Hot Enough To Burn

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about keeping your pet cool in the summer, I thought I’d add this… The Pupster always get annoyed with me for making her wait to play with the hose, but this is why I’m right and she’s wrong. ;-)

PEDIGREE® Weight Management Canned Dog Food Potential Choking Hazard

The affected products are:
  • PEDIGREE +® Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entree in Meaty Juices
  • PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices
  • PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices
Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014. Read more here:

Kids, Pets, and Allergies

This article points to research that says having a pet may help kids avoid some allergies, not cause them the way some people think they do. Interesting idea…see what you think!

Pets May Prevent Allergies, Not Cause Them