Sam Hyer

Keep your best fur friend safe from toxic substances

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Ahh March, with our thoughts turning to spring and all of its promise, a part of that thought process turns to spring cleaning. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking at “pet level.” According to the ASPCA  in 2008, over 140,000 cases of pets being exposed to toxic substances were logged. The most common call involved a pet getting into human medications. But what are the other things that can cause your pet its life and you your best fur friend.  Here are some of the items on the chart that I keep at the kennel and send home in my puppy and rescue care kits. Pet hazards list-around the house Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc), acetaminophen, cold and flu medications, decongestants, antidepressants, vitamins, home insect products, rat and mouse bait, bleach, diet pills, disinfectants, fabric softener, lead (paint and paint chips), linoleum (in older homes), lighter fluid, mothballs, anti-cancer drugs, solvents (paint thinners etc.), flea and tick products, drain cleaners, liquid potpourri, slug and snail bait, oven cleaner sprays, lime/scale remover, fly bait, detergents, tobacco products, plants-house and yard (aloe, amaryllis, andromeda japonica, Asian lily, asparagus fern, Australian nut, autumn crocus, azalea, belladonna, bird of paradise, bittersweet, black locust, branching ivy, buckeye, Buddhist pine, caladium, calla lily, caster bean, ceriman, clematis, cordatum, corn plant, cycads, cyclamen, daffodil, day lily, devil’s ivy, dieffenbachia, dumbcane, Easter lily, elephant ears, emerald fern, English ivy, eucalyptus, ferns, fiddle-leaf philodendron, gold dust dracaena, Florida beauty, foxglove, glacier ivy, gladiolus, golden pothos, heavenly bamboo, honeysuckle, hurricane plant, hyacinth, hydrangea, iris, Jerusalem cherry, jimson weed, kalanchoe, lantana, lilies, lily of the valley, lupine, marble queen, morning glory, mother-in-law, mountain laurel, narcissus, needlepoint ivy, nephthysis, nightshade, oleander, panda, peace lily, philodendron, poison hemlock, precatory bean, privit, red emerald, rhododendron, ribbon plant, sago plam, satin pathos, schefflera, striped dracaena, sweetheart ivy, tulip, water hemlock, wisteria, yew, and yuccaall cause poisoning. Harmful foods Avocados, chocolate, coffee, onion and onion powder, garlic, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcoholic drinks, moldy/spoiled foods, salt, fatty food, gum candies or other foods with Xylitol, tea leaves, raw yeast dough Objects of harm Balls that are small or have an outer coating, batteries, bread twist ties, buttons, coins, cotton swabs or balls, […]

Pets and Winter – Let’s Keep Them Safe Out There

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Pets need more than just a fur coat to keep warm and safe in winter. Cold weather has safety and health concerns for both people and pets. As a responsible owner, it is important to pay attention to your pet’s well-being during the cold Michigan winter. The American Kennel Club® and I, offer the following advice to help you and your pet survive the long, cold winter. Provide plenty of fresh water – Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, and snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water. Provide plenty of food – Feed your dog additional calories if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperatures regulated, so additional calories are necessary. Dogs that are kept indoors with the family, and get less exercise during winter months, may actually gain weight, so keep an eye on his diet. Keep your dog’s paws dry – Rinse your dog’s feet and dry them completely after a walk. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking. Groom your dog regularly – Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Towel or blow-dry your dog if he gets wet from rain or snow. When you towel your pet be sure to blot, not rub, as that can lead to severe matting. Comb out your pet more often in the winter to keep the skin healthy. Keep your dog warm, dry, and away from drafts – Adequate shelter is a necessity. Tiles and uncarpeted areas may become extremely cold. Place blankets and pads on floors in these areas. Watch out for the following winter hazards: Cold – Don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Wind/chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings, and dogs are susceptible to frostbite on their ears, tails, and feet. Ice and snow – Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog outside. Your pup could slip or jump in a frozen lake, river, or pond and get seriously injured. Snow can muffle scents, and your dog can […]

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