Spring is Just Around the Corner – Are You and Your Pet Ready?

14163002 - cute rhodesian ridgeback puppy in a fieldWhile some areas of the country are still experiencing Nor’easters, others parts are already welcoming crocus and daffodils as the first signs of spring. We have “sprung ahead” into daylight savings time in most areas and are looking forward to longer, warmer days spent outdoors. This is also the time of year that many people start thinking about home improvement projects to be completed during the spring and summer season. Are you and your pet both ready for the upcoming hustle and bustle that accompanies this time of year?

A Few Things to Remember at This Time of Year

  • Pets can be lethargic after a long winter as well. Reintroduce them to outdoor activities slowly if they have been more sedentary than normal.
  • Watch out for fleas, ticks and heartworm that are more prevalent in warmer weather. Always keep up their protection but especially check for ticks if you’ve walked your dog in an area where they gather.
  • Pets can suffer allergies just like people do from things like dust, mold and pollen. If your cat or dog is sneezing, coughing, scratching, licking or chewing more than is normal, check with your vet to see if they are having an allergic reaction to something and to see how to treat it.
  • We love spring flowers and bouquets whether in our house or yard but they aren’t the healthiest for your pet and can even be fatal if they ingest certain plants, especially lilies. Keep these away from your pets and double check your landscaping for any plants that may be poisonous to your pets.
  • If you are taking your pet with you for a drive to enjoy spring scenery or fresh air, make sure they are properly secured in your vehicle and not allowed to roam loose in a car or truck. And NEVER leave your pet unattended in a car for any length of time. Even in the early spring, cars can heat up quickly to a lethal temperature. Also make sure they have access to shade and fresh water even in your yard.
  • Springtime home improvements and spring cleaning give opportunities for both added safety and added dangers. Make sure screens are secure so cats can’t fall out the window. Make sure there are no puddles gathering anywhere around your house where your pets could drink from filthy water. Make sure your pool fence is in good repair to keep your pet away. Keep all cleaning products, even natural ones, safely away from pets and keep pets safely away from newly cleaned areas until all surfaces are dry and won’t get any cleaning products on their paws or fur.
  • Does one of your home improvement projects this season involve a pet door so your pet can safely enjoy the great outdoors while still having access to his food, water, air-conditioning and comfy bed? Check out the line of Hale Pet Door pet doors, ramps, security barriers and more to make life better for you and your pets.
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National Poison Prevention Week

March 18-24, 2018 is National Poison Prevention Week

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Remember your furry friends this week and always. There are a lot of different things (plants, medicines, people food, household products, etc) that can make your animals sick or even kill them.

TIPS TO PREVENT POISONINGS

  • Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 888-426-4435
  • Practice safe storage habits for household chemicals and other substances that can be poisonous for pets
  • Read and follow all labels and directions
  • Detect invisible threats

36871833 - white cat fight green snake in untidy dirty garden, danger.The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is the best resource for any animal poison-related emergency. They are available at 888-426-4435, 24 hours/365 days a year and staffed by veterinary health professionals. There may be a fee for the call.

The ASPCA has a good page with more information on specific items: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

If you have a pet door, please be aware of what’s in your yard, for their safety and health.

Celebrate K-9 Veterans Day on March 13th

63544343_lDogs were called to duty in 1942, as the US Army was expanding quickly due to WWII. The United States K9 Corps was established March 13, 1942. Mrs. Alene Erlanger, a private citizen, initiated a program called Dogs for Defense. She, along with some breeders and the AKC, started a group to train dogs for military use. They had the first dogs ready for service by November, 1942.

The dogs are trained in bomb, drug and weapon detection, tracking the enemy and defending their unit. These dogs’ loyalty, bravery and high level of training make them extremely valuable to any unit that they are attached to.8887524 - airport canine. dog sniffs out drugs or bomb in a luggage.

There are approximately 2,500 dogs in active service today, with about 700 deployed overseas.

Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for this special day – March 13th – National K9 Veterans Day.

We salute and thank all of the K-9 military and service dogs!

Lucky Animals Get Adopted

March is traditionally a month when people think about being “lucky”. We thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on the thousands of “lucky” pets who are adopted into loving homes every day around the country. And especially we wanted to emphasize the benefits of adopting over buying.

According to the ASPCA website in March 2017, there have been “dramatic decreases in shelter intake and euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats. The ASPCA reports that an estimated 1.5 million companion animals are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, a decrease from about 2.6 million estimated in 2011. Contributing to this reduction is an 18.5 percent increase in national adoptions. An estimated 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats), up from 2.7 million adoptions in 2011.” This is wonderful progress but still a sad ending for the 1.5 million sweet and loving animals who continue to be euthanized every year.

How can you help?

  • Adopt don’t buy – Every pet bought at a pet store is one less adopted from a shelter and many pet store animals have come from puppy mills or disreputable breeders who do not provide humane conditions for their breeding animals.
  • Spay or Neuter your pets – Don’t add even more animals to the problem. Controlling the pet population at the source is a huge first step.
  • Volunteer – Check with your local humane society or a pet rescue. Animals need walked, fed, socialized, trained, kennels cleaned and more.
  • If you can’t adopt, FOSTER – Maybe you can welcome animals into your home temporarily until they find their forever home.

There are thousands of wonderful “lucky” stories of pets, rescued from bad situations or lengthy stays at shelters/rescues to loving homes. Dogs that have transformed themselves bringing joy and happiness to their new owners – some even becoming service animals for their new owners.

Here are just a few stories from around the internet that show the best of side of humans and our furry counterparts.

11 Tear-Jerking Stories of Rescue Dogs That Found the Homes They Deserve

Journey Into Rescue – The Story of a Lucky Puppy

10 Large Cat Breeds: The Next Best Thing to Owning a Tiger

Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories

13 Before and After Adoption Stories of Dogs Will Make Your Heart Kablooey With Happy

5 Dog Adoption Stories That’ll Restore Your Faith in Humanity

5 of the Sweetest Pet Adoption Stories of 2016

To help your new/current dog have the best of both worlds (inside and outside) consider a Hale Pet Door to give them and you more freedom in your lives. And with Hale’s Rescue Rewards program, you not only help the pet you adopted you help other animals as well. When you purchase a pet door for your adopted pet and tell us the name of the rescue or humane society where you adopted them, you get 10% off your purchase and we donate an additional 10% back to the rescue so they can continue helping even more animals. A LUCKY day all around!