Happy Hanukkah

by Publisher on December 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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To those that are celebrating this week…… HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!!!

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Dogs and Nuts

by Publisher on December 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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Is it safe and healthy for your dog to eat nuts? We have all heard that peanut butter is okay? What nuts should dogs stay away from?almonds-484268__180

Peanut butter is safe for dogs, but as with anything it’s important to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction. So just proceed with caution. Almonds are considered safe but only if your dog gets into them by accident. They should not be given as snacks, as they are known to cause gastrointestinal distress.  Pistachios and cashews are also reasonably safe, but be careful as the fat content is high. Macadamia nuts are considered the most dangerous, and can cause vominting and neurological problems. Walnuts are also another dangerous nut.

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All That Glitters is NOT Gold

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by Publisher on November 24, 2014 · 0 comments

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Holiday decorations and trees can be dangerous for you pet. Ribbon, yarns and string can catch the eye of your pet. The shiny tinsel on your tree is very attractive to pets and if ingested it can cause blockages. Tree needles can be toxic and cause mouth and stomach irritation. Even needles and the wire of artificial trees could pose a problem. Be sure your pet is not chewing on branches or eating fallen needles. If you have a live tree try be careful of the water. The water in the tree stand often harbors potentially harmful bacteria. Fertilizers, insecticides, or flame retardants that were used on the tree may also get into the water. Cover the stand with a tree skirt or use other means to prevent access to the water. Plants, many of the beautiful and fragrant plants we fill our homes with at Christmas also put our pets at risk. Popular plants like poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are extremely toxic if ingested, and can cause anything from gastrointestinal upset to cardiac problems. Food: Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without all of the delicious treats that come with it. Unfortunately, most of our favourite holiday snacks are also some of the most dangerous to our pets. Turkey, for one, can be dangerous to your pet if you are not careful to dispose of bones safely. Bones can easily puncture your pet’s lungs or digestive tract, or cause your animal to choke, either of which can potentially be fatal. Chocolate is another potential hazard, and can actually kill your dog or cat depending on their size, the type of chocolate and the quantity consumed.

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Cold Weather Tips

by Publisher on November 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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With the colder months approaching here in Northern Virginia, we’d like to share some tips for keeping your pet comfortable and safe.cold

If your dog is a short-haired breed or getting on in years, keep her toasty in cold weather with a warm coat or sweater. Make sure it covers from her neck to the base of her tail, as well as her chest. We recommend leaving the hair in a longer style in the winter.

Puppies in particular are more sensitive to cold than older dogs, so you may want to papertrain your puppy inside. And if you have an ill or elderly dog, or a breed that cannot tolerate low temperatures, take her outdoors only long enough to relieve herself. If your pet enjoys increased outdoor activities, she’ll need more nutritional fuel, so you may need to increase her food intake.

One of the problems when the temperature drops is a tendency for outdoor cats to sleep under the hoods of cars. It may be warmer, but a car’s fan belt can kill or injure them when the motor is started. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the hood of your car and wait a few seconds before starting the engine. If you own a cat, it is better to keep him inside on cold days.

And when your dog comes in out of inclement weather, thoroughly wipe her legs and stomach and always check her pawpads. Encrusted snow and ice may cause them to bleed. You’ll also want to wipe off any salt and other chemicals used to melt ice. These can hurt your dog if she ingests them while licking her paws.

And antifreeze, while essential to a car’s cooling system, may be very dangerous to your pets if they are exposed to it. Be sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle immediately, and consider switching to a propylene glycol-based anti-freeze like Prestone Low Tox, which provides an added margin of safety for pets and wildlife. If you suspect poisoning, call your veterinarian. You can also contact The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435. There is a fee associated with using this service.

Reprinted from ASPCA.org

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A great video on your pets nutrition. 

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Veterans Day 2014

by Publisher on November 11, 2014 · 0 comments

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Veterans are heroes walking in our midst. Neighbors, family and friends.

They deserve our gratitude, praise and respect. With inspiring quotes and stirring music, let this video help you honor and salute the heroes in your midst.

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month

by Publisher on November 10, 2014 · 0 comments

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Did you know that one in four dogs die of cancer?  It’s the number one disease related death in pets, and cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age. With advances in pet medicine and research, more and more animals are being treated and surviving cancer. If found early, most of these cancers can be cured with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the three, and early diagnosis will aid your veterinarian in delivering the best care possible.

Here are some signs of cancer :

  • Any  lump or mass that appears to be increasing in size

  • Any sore that does not heal
  • Change in bowel or bladder habits
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Unexplained bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent or stiffness
  • Offensive odor
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing

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Montgomery County Humane Society

by Publisher on November 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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Love Ball mascot
Saturday, November 8, 2014
6:30–11pm
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852

Puttin’ on the Dog: Love Ball 2014!

Here’s your chance to stay up late and dance ‘til your dogs bark! MCHS’ once-a-year-gotta-go-to-see-and-be-seen bash and fundraiser, the Love Ball, is back! Bring your pooch and join us for dinner, dancing, cocktails (and there’s even a doggie bar!), and a silent auction filled with must-have items.

Kick off the evening with cocktails and shopping at our amazing silent auction, then sup on an elegant three-course meal, bid at the exciting live auction, and cut the light fantastic (or reasonable facsimile) on the dance floor to music from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s by Fresh Air. (Yes…there will be disco…You have been warned!) with your human and/or canine partner! Please be sure to invite your family and friends (that’d be your “dawgs” in popular parlance) to the party! We’ve got seating for almost 300!

Tickets are going fast! http://www.mchumane.org/loveball14

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Animal Welfare League of Arlington

by Publisher on November 6, 2014 · 0 comments

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Today, we honor and celebrate the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, because it’s National Animal Shelter and Rescue Awareness week. Since 1944, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington has worked to improve the lives of animals. They help us create a world where all companion animals find compassionate and permanent homes. Thanks you so very much!

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King Street Cats

by Publisher on November 5, 2014 · 0 comments

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We continue to celebrate National Animal Shelter & Rescue Awareness Week. We would like to thank King Street Cats. King Street Cats is the only all-volunteer, cat-exclusive, preciuosno-kill rescue facility in Alexandria, Va. They are 100% volunteer-run and rely solely on private donations. With no paid staff, every dollar donated goes to the welfare of their cats. Thanks for all you do King Street Cats!

http://www.kingstreetcats.org

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