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August 2023 Newsletter


Public Water Bowls: Are They Safe?

During our strolls through town, we often find public water bowls for our furry friends. But wait, are these communal watering holes really safe for our pups? Let's sniff around and explore the ins and outs of drinking from public water bowls.

Keeping things squeaky clean is important when it comes to these public water bowls. The health and happiness of our canines depend on it! Thankfully, many establishments go the extra mile to ensure these bowls are cleaned regularly and offer fresh, safe drinking water for our pooches.

Despite all the efforts to maintain cleanliness, there's always a slight chance of risks associated with communal water bowls. When multiple dogs drink from the same water source, they may unwittingly share unwanted pathogens. However, it's essential to remember that the chances of transmitting these diseases through water bowls are rare. Additionally, most dogs have an immune system as strong as their zest for playtime and can handle minor encounters with germs.

If you're keen on letting your buddy enjoy public water bowls, it's always good to take a few precautions to keep his tail wagging:

  • Eye up the water bowl: Before letting your pup dive in for a drink, give the bowl a quick glance. If it looks murky or less than pristine, it's best to fetch water from another source to quench his thirst.
  • Pack your own water: Consider carrying a cool portable water bottle and a nifty collapsible bowl during your outings. This way, you'll have a clean water supply for your buddy whenever the need arises, reducing the reliance on public water bowls.

Keeping your dog's vaccinations up to date is vital in preventing the spread of diseases. Regular vaccinations will ensure your canine's immune system is ready to chase away any potential troubles.

While public water bowls may come with a smidgen of risk, they can still serve as a convenient source of hydration for our pups during their walks. If ever in doubt, choosing a safer alternative is always a good idea.

Paws Off The Grill!

Summer is all about spending time outside, swimming, relaxing, hiking, and grilling out. If you're including your pets in the fun, read this before you fire up your grill; there are some potential dangers for your fur babies.

Heat and Burns: Your best friend will naturally be drawn to your grill's enticing smells, and it's very easy for her to get too close. Keep a watchful eye on Sadie so she doesn't end up with a burned nose, paws, and singed fur.

Dangerous Foods: Some common barbecue foods are unsafe for your four-legged friends. For example, onions, garlic, chocolate, and some spices can be harmful or even fatal to pets. Another typical food, corn on the cob, is a threat. Although it is non toxic, the cob can get lodged in a dog's throat and cause her to choke. Ensure all your BBQ food is secure, and make sure your buddy can't get into the trash.

Grease and Fat: The drippings that accumulate with grilling can seriously harm cats and dogs. Fat drippings not only smell good, but they taste great. However, consuming them can cause severe stomach upset, barfing, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis (which can be fatal). Clean your grill after each use and dispose of all the grease in a secure container.

Skewers and Bones: Because these are often covered with food, marinade, and other good smells, your dog and cat, should they find them, will try and chew them. Skewers can cause internal injuries if eaten, and bones can easily splinter and cause choking or puncture wounds. Again, secure the grill and your trash!

While grilling outside is a given this summer, prioritizing safety for our furry friends is essential. A little extra care will mean a fun and safe barbecue for everyone.

Tips for a Purr-fectly Smooth Cat Move

Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be stressful for our feline friends. Cats are creatures of habit, and big changes can make them anxious. With a bit of preparation and a lot of love, you can help your kitty navigate the move easily. Here are some tips to ensure an effortless transition:

Create a Safe Haven: Before the moving chaos begins, create a cozy and secure space for your cat in a quiet room. Fill it with familiar items like his bed, toys, and scratching post. This designated area will serve as his refuge during the move, providing comfort and a sense of familiarity amidst the hustle and bustle.

Gradual Introductions: Gradually introduce your cat to the moving boxes and packing process. Let him explore at their own pace, allowing Milo to get used to the new sights and smells.

Update ID Tags and Microchips: Ensure your cat's identification tags and microchip information are updated with your new address and contact details. If Milo accidentally wanders off in the new neighborhood, this will increase the chances of a swift reunion.

Stick to Routines: Cats thrive on routines, and moving can disrupt their familiar schedule. To the best of your ability, maintain regular feeding times, play sessions, and cuddle moments.

Secure Transportation: When it's time to transport your cat to the new home, use a secure and comfortable carrier. Line it with a soft blanket and include a familiar-smelling item, like his favorite toy or bedding. Covering the carrier with a light cloth can help create a cozy and calming environment during the journey.

Set Up a Cat-Safe Space: Once you arrive at your new home, prepare a dedicated space for your cat to explore and settle in. Keep Milo confined to a single room initially, allowing him to gradually adjust to their new surroundings. Include the essentials, such as food, water, litter box, and toys. As your kitty becomes more comfortable, slowly expand his territory within the new home.

Provide Plenty of TLC: Moving can be overwhelming, so shower your cat with extra love and attention. Your presence and affection will help your cat feel secure and loved amidst the new environment.

Remember, each cat is unique, and some may take longer to adjust. Patience and understanding are essential during this transition. By following these tips, you can make moving a positive experience for both of you.

Great Pet Links!

August is:

Immunization Awareness Month
Itchy Pet Awareness Month

August 10 - Spoil Your Dog Day
August 15 - Check Your Chip Day
August 17 - Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 28 - Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

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Vaccinations For Cats
What To Do If Your Pet Has Allergies
Why Black Cats Are Amazing
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