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Friday, December 2, 2016

Dangerous Winter Holiday Plants for Dogs

Dangerous Winter Holiday Plants for Dogs
  Winter plants help boost the holiday spirit and cozy up a living space. However, pet owners should be extra careful when choosing plants for decorating. There are plants that are very harmful to pets, especially little ones like kittens and puppies. It doesn’t mean though that you should forget about all of the winter holiday flowers and have an artificial Christmas tree only, which can actually create more hazards for pets. Just don’t let one of these beautiful plants become a deadly enemy to your pet.

  Flowers and plants add beauty to any holiday, and they make great holiday gifts. But if your family includes dogs, you may want to learn which plants are safe and which ones you need to avoid.

  Remember that ingesting bulb plants often cause the most severe illnesses.

1. Holly
  Holly is one of the most popular holiday plants that are used as Christmas decorations. Its berries are bright, beautiful, and festive. Its plants bring greenery into your home. If you have pets, however, this holiday plant can bring a real disaster into your home. The plants and berries have a high toxicity level. Ingesting any part of the plant, even the dried one, can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive drooling and even death. Keep your pets away from holly to prevent these symptoms.

  A child can eat 1-2 holly berries  without harm, but around 20 berries can cause death, so eating holly berries is a serious concern for children and pets. Though the berries are the part that is most commonly eaten, the bark, leaves, and seeds are toxic. What is the poison? Interestingly enough, it is theobromine, an alkaloid that is related to caffeine. Theobromine is found in chocolate and is toxic to dogs even at the lower concentration, but there is much more of the compound in holly berries.

2. Poinsettia

  The beautiful poinsettia is not something you want on a salad, but this Euphorbia is not particularly dangerous. If you eat a few leaves, you may feel ill or vomit. Rubbing the sap from the plant into your skin can give you an itchy rash. Beyond that, this plant is unlikely to cause a problem for either humans or pets.
  The poinsettia plant’s brightly colored leaves contain a sap that is irritating to the tissues of the mouth and esophagus. If the leaves are ingested, they will often cause nausea and vomiting, but it would take a large amount of the plant’s material to cause poisoning, and most animals and children will not eat such a large enough amount because of the irritating taste and feel from the sap.
  However, if the plant has been treated with a pesticide, your pet could be at risk of becoming ill from ingesting the pesticide. The size of your pet and the amount of ingested plant material will be the determining factors for the severity of the poisoning. Young animals - puppies and kittens - are at the highest risk. Severe reactions to the plant or to the pesticide it has been treated with include seizures, coma, and in some cases, death.

3. Amaryllis
  Despite being incredibly beautiful, amaryllis is also extremely toxic. 
The beauty of the flowering Amaryllis is matched by its toxicity. The Amaryllis contains Lycorine and other noxious substances, which cause salivation, gastrointestinal abnormalities like vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain, lethargy, and tremors in both cats and dogs. The bulb of the plant is reputed to be even more dangerous than the flowers and stalk.

  The Amaryllis also goes by other names, including Belladonna, Saint Joseph Lily, Cape Belladonna, and Naked Lady.

4. Christmas cactus

  Christmas cactus is a great gift and a beautiful holiday decoration. Many people grow Christmas cacti as house plants.
  Fortunately, the Christmas Cactus (or its relative, the Easter Cactus) plant is not toxic to dogs in either its parts or flowers. The same lack of toxicity applies for cats. However, fibrous plant material can cause irritation to the stomach and intestine, leading to vomiting or diarrhea.

  When you have a pet, it’s better to hide this plant as far as possible. Even though ingesting any part of the holiday cactus won’t lead to death, vomiting and diarrhea are unavoidable.

5. Mistletoe
  Mistletoe contains toxic substances like pharatoxin viscumin and toxalbumin that are extremely dangerous to cats and dogs. The plant and its berries can cause breathing problems, a sudden drop in blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, seizures and sometimes death.
  Be it fresh or dried, make sure your pet doesn’t have access to this plant.

Mistletoe contains multiple substances that are toxic to both dogs and cats, including toxalbumin and pharatoxin viscumin . Mistletoe is well known for causing severe intestinal upset, as well as a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems, and even hallucinations . If a large enough amount of these plants are ingested, seizures and death may follow. The leaves and berries of holly and mistletoe plants, even the dried plants, should be kept well out of your pet's reach, or kept out of the home altogether.

6. Lilies and Daffodils
  Both popular gift items at this time of year, plants in the lily and daffodil can be toxic to pets. In cats, Lilium and Hemerocallis genera lilies are the most dangerous. Eating even a small amount of the plant will have a severe impact on a cat's system, causing severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, arrhythmia, and convulsions. Daffodils are also toxic to both dogs and cats, especially the bulbs.

7. The Christmas Tree

  This isn’t a plant, but fresh Christmas trees like fir trees are dangerous to pets too. 
There are other dangers to consider with the good ol' Yule tree other than lights and ornaments. The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to a pet's mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. The tree needles, meanwhile, may cause gastrointestinal irritation, obstruction and puncture.
  Additionally, the water used to nourish Christmas trees can be noxious. Bacteria, molds, and fertilizers can cause your pet to become extremely sick with only a few laps.
The needles cause obstruction and puncture and in many cases gastrointestinal irritation.   Sure, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a Christmas tree or opt for a fake one. Just don’t let your curious pet spend time around your Christmas tree alone.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Gifts for Your Dog

Christmas Gifts for Your Dog
  Don't forget your best friend this Christmas; even those with four paws deserve a special treat under the tree.



1. Pet Tipi
  Wondering what to get your four-legged friend for Christmas this year? This pet tipi is the perfect gift for stylish cats and dogs. This tipi also comes with a handmade wool pompom garland to add a festive touch to your pet’s new abode. If you want to make your gift extra-special, the tipi can also be monogrammed with your pet’s name. If only it were suitable for humans…




2. Eskimo Dog Tent Bed

  After working like a dog at the office, canines (and cats) need some serious downtime. With its igloo/tent construction and plush, 100% eco-friendly recycled poly-fiberfill, they'll enjoy de-stressing in this warm and cozy retreat. 






3. Doggie Cigars
  More personality than the standard fetch sticks, these “cigars” add a dose of humor to your dog’s next run.

  We LOVE the petite Doggie Stogie. Perfect for classy small dogs! They are extremely durable and functional fetch sticks. They are flexible, allowing for maximum distance when thrown and are great for the teeth as there is no filler inside, just solid rope through and through 6" long. 


4. Personalised Christmas Pet Blanket
  This personalised Christmas pet blanket is so soft, cosy and festive. Cheerful and seasonal red fleece blanket with a dotty trim. Perfect for cuddling up in the cold winter months. Beautifully personalised with your pet's name in clear lettering. Makes a great gift for your own cat or dog or an animal loving friend.
  Handmade in Yorkshire, beautifully edged and embroidered with your pet's name. Perfect for placing into your pet’s bed for extra winter warmth, on the sofa for TV cuddles, in the car etc...
  Price includes an embroidered name of up to 12 characters.
  Available in 3 sizes for cats, dogs, bunnies and any pet who wants a super soft cuddly blanket for Christmas.

  Machine washable and fast drying.

5. Personalised Christmas Dog Bandana

  These Christmas dog bandanas are so cute and personalised with your dog's name too. Choose from two designs - "Yappy Christmas" or "Santa's little helper". The perfect way for your dog to join in the festive fun without dressing up in uncomfortable Christmas outfits.
vailable in 2 sizes to fit most dogs as they can be folded over easily before being tied at the neck. Can be worn at the front, side or back of the neck. Remember to leave a two finger gap when tying .

  Most dogs  can wear a Regular size as you simply fold over to tie according to the thickness of your dog’s neck. For extra small breeds such as Chihuahuas or dogs with very skinny necks  please order the Teeny size.

6. Equafleece jumper

  British designed and made, these soft Polartec fleece jumpers are 100 per cent water repellent, keeping your dog dry on wet walks. They also transform a wet dog into a dry dog within minutes. Pop a jumper onto your soggy doggy after a muddy walk and any smells or
debris will be trapped inside, leaving your car, home and office clean and dry. Machine washable and available in 10 colours.

7. Silver Glitter Feeding Platter

  This feeding platter will have your pet eating in style. Washable silver glitter PU fabric. Keep feeding areas neat and organized.



8. Sunburst Crate Mat


  Sleepy pup? Add a layer to a hard bottom crate with  a cotton mat bursting in a vibrant sunburst print. Designed to fit snuggly into standard crate sizes, these handsome, reversible mats make a comfortable home out of any crate. Also perfect for the kitchen floor, back seat of a car or as a portable bed. Sherpa on one side and 100% cotton fashion fabric on the other. Machine wash. Hang dry.   Dimensions: Small - 17" x 24" Medium - 21 x 30" Large - 23" x 35" .

9. Personalised Pet Christmas Stocking
  This personalised pet Christmas stocking is the perfect way to store all your pet's Christmas presents ready for the big day. Choose from red, pink or blue fleece. Beautifully personalised with your pet's name.
  Price includes an embroidered name of up to 11 characters.

  These generously sized fleece Christmas stockings measure 45cm long so will accommodate lots of Santa’s surprises.

10. Christmas Rawhide Dog Chews
  The perfect Christmas dog gift - yummy Christmas rawhide dog chews in the form of a festive rawhide snowman, penguin or gingerbread man. Will keep your dog occupied for ages while you eat your turkey dinner.
  This incredibly well designed and crafted Xmas dog chew makes a great Christmas gift and yummy treat for your dog.

  These festive rawhide goodies by Reg & Ruby are all wonderfully crafted and presented, made from 100% rawhide. All colours used are EC and FDA approved. This means that the whole gift can be eaten by your dog, once it has been admired.







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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Dog Safety Tips

Christmas Dog Safety Tips
   Christmas is a joyous time when we celebrate with family and friends. Those of us who have dogs include them in our holiday festivities. After all, they are part of our family and we want them to enjoy the holidays as much as we do.
  During the Christmas period we need to make sure that our dogs are able to cope with the festivities and that they stay healthy and happy.
   Like small children, dogs are curious, so it is your responsibility to puppy proof your home.

Christmas Tree Tips:

1. Prior to Christmas, when you are decorating your home and wrapping gifts, be sure to use caution.
2. Secure, hide or cover electrical cords and electronics. Holiday lights and decorations usually lead to many new cords being scattered around the house. Be sure all cords are taped down or completely out of reach for your pets as they can trip on them, chew them up, or even experience an electric shock.
3. Place your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your pet's wanting eyes. If this doesn't keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, a plastic drink bottle filled with knick knacks, or anything else that creates noise on the tree's bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.
4. Dogs and Christmas Ornaments. Pick up any ornament hooks, tinsel, or ribbon that fall on the floor. Your pet could experience serious internal injuries if any of these items are ingested. If you have a dog or cat that is tempted to play with the ornaments on your tree, decorate the bottom third of the tree with non-breakable, plastic, or wooden ornaments, or decorate only the top two-thirds of your tree. Make sure that your dog has plenty of dog toys available, so they do not become bored.
5.  Do not put lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard. Additionally, your dog or cat may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.
6.  No Feasting for the Furries . By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
7. Don’t forget Fido. In all the excitement of Christmas, don’t forget your dog. They will need the same amount of love, attention, grooming, walks and general care as they usually do. And don’t forget that pets are a great way for humans to de-stress, so stroking the dog has benefits for both of you.
  Many of us eat more than usual at Christmas and sit around a centrally heated house. But remember to take your dog for their usual walks. Enjoy the fresh air and time together. If you have visitors, why not ask them to come too. Everyone will come home rosy cheeked and refreshed.
8.  For those buying a live Christmas trees this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet's intestines if ingested.
9. That Holiday Glow . Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
10. Careful with Cocktails . If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

!Children!
  If your dog is not used to children, take care if younger family members are visiting over the festive season. Older dogs especially can find young children hard to tolerate. Make sure any visiting children are told how to handle a dog and make sure they always show your dog respect. Do not leave children alone with a dog, any dog, at any time.

Remember the Dogs Trust mantra "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas". Never give a pet for Christmas, ever. Similarly, it is not a good idea to bring home a new family pet during the holiday season either. It is tempting to get a new pet during the holidays when everyone is home but bear in mind that Christmas is a hectic and noisy time of year, with lots of loud bangs from Xmas Crackers and lots of strangers going in and out of the house. This would not be an ideal time for any dog to settle stress-free into a new home.
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