Pet Tips from FairyDust Services

Pets Are Priority

A message posted on a front door:

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About Our Pets:

  • They live here. You don’t.
  • If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why it’s called ‘fur’niture.
  • I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
  • To you, they are an animal. To me, they are an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn’t speak clearly

Is Fido Too Fat?

According to recent studies nearly 35% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. There are many reasons why pets become overweight, but the most common cause is overeating. A good test to judge if a pet is overweight is to try feeling for their rib cage..if you can’t feel them then there is fat covering them. If you can easily feel the ribs, then your pet is probably a normal weight. If you can see the ribs, then your pet is too thin. If the ribs are difficult to feel, or cannot be felt at all, your pet is likely overweight or obese. Your dog or cat should also have a visible “waist” behind the rib cage.

For Human Consumption Only!

People foods to avoid feeding your pets: Chocolate, coffee, caffeine; Alcohol; Avocado; Macadamia Nuts; Grapes and Raisins; Yeast Dough; Raw/Undercooked meat, eggs and bones; Xylitol (a sweetener in many products, such as gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste); Onions, garlic, chives; Milk; and Salt.

Help For Ill Behaved Pet Owners

Behavioral problems are a major reason pets end up in animal shelters…and are killed. Behavior problems should be discussed with an animal behavior specialist to resolve minor problems before they become major. Many shelters provide free behavioral assistance.

Pet Poisons

Top 10 Pet Poisons: Human Medications; Insecticides; People Food (see above list); Plants; Veterinary Medications that are misapplied or improperly dispensed; Rodenticides; Household Cleaners, such as bleach, detergents and disinfectants; Heavy Metals, such as lead, zinc and mercury; Garden Products; Chemical Hazards, such as antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners, pool/spa chemicals.

Why A Dog Needs His Own Bed

Top 10 Pet Poisons:

  • Insulating your dog from the floor in both the winter and the summer.
  • Providing your dog with his own private space and a sense of security.
  • Cushioning joints and bones, especially for older, arthritic, or overweight dogs.
  • Controlling the spread of hair and dander by concentrating it inone, easty-to-clean location.
  • Helping to prevent injuries by keeping your dog from jumping up and down from the furniture.

For Human Consumption Only!

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  • Lizard Hazard
    Did you know that up to 70,000 Americans each year contract salmonella infections due to contact with reptiles such as pet lizards, snakes or turtles that carry the bacteria? To prevent infection, wash your hands thoroughly after coming in contact with reptiles or surfaces they touch.
  • Disaster Preparedness for Pets
    Do You Know What to Pack?

    • Pet first-aid kit and guide book
    • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food
    • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
    • Litter or paper toweling
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Dishes for food and water
    • Extra harness and leash
    • Photocopies of medical records
    • Waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicines
    • Bottled water—at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet
    • Traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pet(s)
    • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
    • Especially for dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
  • Exercise is Key to a Dog's Health
    Dog exercise is the key to good behavior and health. The outdoors provides a fresh and interesting environment to keep your pet’s mind active, alert, and off of behavior you’d rather not see. As pet caregivers, we are responsible for providing our pets with stimulating activities to keep their lives happy and stress-free.
  • Food for Felines
    Cats require special nutritional needs, which should be in their food diet. These include Protein, Taurine, Arginine, Arachidonic Acid, Active form of Vitamin A, and Niacin. Natural food will generally have all of the proper nutritional needs for your cat. Be sure to read the label of the cat food you are purchasing. Note: Avoid food that contain by-products.
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