Seasonal Safety Tips

​Fall Safety

​When the leaves start to turn and the weather becomes cooler, we all start to prepare for school and the following holidays that promote traveling. It’s great to connect with friends and family but it’s not join in your travel plans. Be sure you plan your travel carefully and be choosy about which trips your pet might also enjoy.

To get some travel and boarding tips, visit the Pet Travel and ​Boarding page.

Holiday Safety Tips

​Holidays can be a time of joy, fun, laughter, and good times. But not every member of the family will be able to partake in the festivities. There are many hazards when it comes to the holidays. Each year during the various holiday seasons, thousands of pets are seriously injured and/or be​come deathly ill.  As your family gathers to celebrate the upcoming holidays, keep in mind the dangers that could potentially exist for your 4-legged friends.
The following tips will help to keep your pet safe during the Halloween holiday.

1) No tricks or treats for your pet. That bowlful of candy is for the trick-or-treaters, not for your pet.

2) Feeding your pet chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination, heart rate, seizures and even death. Keep the chocolate out of reach. Other foods such as onions, grapes, and raisins are also poisonous to your pet.

3) Candies that contain artificial sweetener xylitol is also poisonous to your pets. Even a small amount can cause sudden drop on blood sugar which leads to lack of coordination and seizures. If a large amount has been ingested, it can cause liver failure. Candy wrappers can cause a choking hazard and intestinal blockage.

4) Halloween decorations such as pumpkins and corn can make your pets stomach upset if ingested. Be sure they don’t try to eat that pumpkin you worked so hard to carve out.

5) Be sure that all wires and cords are out of your pets reach. If chewed on they can cause a shock that could potentially electrocute your pet.

6) Try to find lights that are made for a pumpkin rather than using a candle. If your pet tries to take a bite out of the pumpkin on the window they may knock it down and start a fire.

7) Some pets do not like strangers constantly coming up to the door and ringing the door bell. If they are showing signs of stress place them in a crate or in another room. Also, if your pet is a major door dasher and opening up the door 40 times in one night is just too tempting for them to dash outside and maybe run up to some kids that may be too scared of dogs, place them in a separate room or in a crate.

8) Be sure that your pet has an ID tag or a microchip just in case they make that mad dash across the threshold. This way they can be returned to you if you can’t get them back right away.

With these tips in place you can make your fall, and holidays enjoyable for the entire family.