Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

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For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  •  Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

     

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    source: ASPCA

How to Keep Your Pets Cool this Summer

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As the weather continue to get nicer this summer, you may find yourself wanting to be outside as much as possible with your pets. But excessive heat can cause serious problems for our four-legged counterparts. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to have fun, and stay cool. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has a few tips to help keep your furry friend keep cool, have fun and enjoy all that the summer sun has to offer.

Water Is Key

One of the easiest, and most fun, ways to help your dog stay cool is to find some water to splash around in. Try to find parks and trails in your area that have creeks or small streams, or even dog-friendly water fountains or lakes.

Pro Tip: Be sure to keep your dog on a leash where it is required, and avoid any bodies of water that contain blue-green algae.

If you don’t have any good parks nearby with water features, another option is to purchase a small kiddie pool. Many supermarkets and hardware stores have these in stock during the summer months, and you can give your fur friend its own private swimming hole for a reasonable cost.

Pro Tip: Remember, never allow your dog access to the pool unsupervised and change the water frequently.

Enjoy a Cool Treat

Dogs love to eat, and they appreciate frozen treats when the temperature is hot outside just as much as we do. If your dog gets bored easily, try stuffing a Kong with the canned dog food of your choice, or peanut butter, then put it in the freezer for a few hours. This will keep them busy for a while, and if you have two Kongs, you can always have one waiting in the freezer. Be sure to take into account the calories from this treat and adjust your pets’ regular meals accordingly.

Here is a simple recipe you can try at home that both you and your dog can enjoy:

1. Cut a cantaloupe into bite-sized pieces (be sure to remove the skin and seeds).

2. Freeze the melon pieces for at least four hours, using a baking sheet to spread them out.

3. Blend two cups of frozen melon along with two tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt in a food processor or blender, adding water to thin if necessary.

4. Enjoy!

You can also use watermelon or bananas instead of cantaloupe, or substitute peanut butter for the yogurt to mix things up. Just be sure to check that there is no xylitol in the yogurt or peanut butter.

For our feline friends, you can freeze water in a balloon or a plastic egg and let your cat bat the frozen toy around until it melts.

Pro-tip: Be careful that as these items start to melt, no humans accidentally slip on any wet spots. Also keep an eye out while your pet is playing to ensure that if any kind of toy breaks, the pieces are removed from of paws’ reach immediately to avoid ingestion and possible obstruction.

While we encourage you to take advantage of the long summer days with your pet, don’t let heat stroke stop the fun—ensure that your pet is properly supervised during all hot weather activities and contact your vet if you notice excessive panting, loss of balance, weakness or collapse.

photo source: ASPCA

source: ASPCA

Freedom Ride

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Tomorrow morning twenty dogs will be taking their freedom ride to Wisconsin, where forever families will be waiting to adopt them. Louisiana Lifelines 4 K9’s is a nonprofit rescue that saves the lives of local dogs in danger of being euthanized. In 2018, Lifelines, with the help of AARF in Seattle, Seattle Humane, and Fetch in Wisconsin; saved 318 dogs. So far, almost 150 dogs have been saved and transported. A huge thank you to all the volunteers for making it possible to give these dogs a second chance.

 

 

Laser Therapy for Dogs and Cats

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Did you know that laser therapy is one of the many services we provide for the well being of your furry friend?

Laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation anywhere in your dog or cat

Laser therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion using light to stimulate your pet’s cells.

Laser energy increases circulation, oxygen and blood flow to targeted cells, helping to remove swelling and reduce your pet’s pain faster.

It’s a painless, non-invasive way to start the healing process sooner, particularly when paired with the right medication.

What to expect from laser therapy

Treatments vary in length, but most sites require no more than 15 minutes each.

Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, patients may require several treatments depending on your pet’s health issue.

When we may suggest laser treatment for your dog or cat

Our veterinarians might recommend laser therapy for:

-Osteoarthritis

-Joint Pain

-Ligament Sprains

-Muscle Strains

-Puncture Wounds

-Post-Traumatic Injury

-Post-Surgical Pain

-Post-Surgical Pain

-Neck and Back Pain

-Hip Dysplasia

-Burns

-Chronic Wounds

-Rehabilitation

-Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery

Laser therapy, when paired with other treatment options, can be an effective way to jump-start the healing process and make your dog or cat more comfortable.

Contact us today and ask if laser therapy is right for your pet.

 

 

 

 

Meet Archie!

Meet Archie! In March Archie was found abandoned on the side of the road and picked up by a foster for Louisiana Lifelines 4 K9s. With the help of AARF in Seattle he was able to make the long trek to the state of Washington. Last week Archie walked down the runway at the 2019 Tuxes and Tails event that raised more than $1.5M for Seattle Humane through donations, auctions, raffles and more. Congratulations Archie and thank you so much to AARF, Louisiana Lifelines 4 K9’s and Seattle Humane for making this possible! (Images: Sunita Martini/Seattle Refined)