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Tips to Poison-Proof Your Home

As the holiday season approaches, now is a great time to take a moment and review some of the items we all have in our homes that are dangerous for our pets.

From foods to medications or household or holiday hazards, the ASPCA provides a helpful list of items that are harmful.

Foods
Foods that could cause problems for your pet include;
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate ( the higher the cocoa content, the more toxic )
  • Coffee
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions or onion powder
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic or garlic powder
  • Xylitol or products using xylitol ( sugar substitute )
Medication
  • Your pets should avoid most human medications. Those listed below are the worst offenders.
  • Pain killers
  • Cold medication
  • Cancer treatment medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet pills
Cold Weather Products
  • Anti-freeze
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Ice melting products
  • Mouse or rat bait or poison
Household Items
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Mothballs
For more items and details, please visit https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/poison-safe-home.
Please contact your vet or an emergency veterinary clinic for help.
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (100871)/Comments (0)/
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A Dog-O-Ween Thank You



WOW! What an incredible day!

All of us at Oak Ridge Feed and the SPCA of Southwest Michigan would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended, everyone who mentioned the event to a friend, everyone who 'liked', 'shared', 'tweeted' or 'retweeted' the event on social media and, most importantly, to everyone who donated their time and talents by volunteering. It is with your support that this event possible for all of us to enjoy.

We are thrilled to share that 2014 was our largest Dog-O-Ween to date. Our event raised over $3,000 for the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. These funds help support community outreach initiatives, provide care for pets waiting for their forever home and allow the SPCA to rescue more animals.

We hope that you and your family had a great time! See you in 2015!

In the meantime, 

Check out pictures from Dog-O-Ween 2014

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Saturday, November 8, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (15906)/Comments (0)/
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Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

Are you gearing up for a trip with your pets? 

It is a blast to travel with your pets, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind.  Check out this helpful article from the ASPCA for a few tips you can use to make it easy for everyone.

"Summer travel season is in full swing, and we think trips are always more fun when you bring your furry friends along. If you’re planning to take a vacation this summer with your pets in tow, we’ve got you covered.

In the car:

Taking a road trip? Here are a few car travel safety tips brought to you by ASPCA supporter Subaru.

Practice makes perfect: It’s a good idea to practice having your pet ride along for a series of short car trips leading up to your big trip.

Ride safely: Keep your pets safe and secure in the car by having them ride in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.

Road trip snacks: Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure.

For a full list of car travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

Traveling by plane:

Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat on a plane, the ASPCA advises avoiding air travel with pets. However, if you must bring your pet along on your flight, it’s best to plan ahead. We recommend you book a direct flight if possible. Here are a few other suggestions:

Careful with crates: Prior to your trip, purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably.

IDs, please: Be sure to mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as your contact information and a photo of your pet. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet has been microchipped for identification purposes.

In-flight food: Attach a pouch of your pet’s food to the outside of her crate, and freeze water in a dish for your pet to drink as it melts throughout the flight.

For more air travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

No matter where you’re headed this summer, please be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag at all times. Happy trails, and safe travels!"

Source :   http://www.aspca.org/blog/gearing-summer-vacation-check-out-our-travel-safety-tips

Thursday, July 3, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (16029)/Comments (0)/
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Tips For Keeping Your Senior Dog Mentally Sharp

Do you have a senior dog?  Do you wonder about how to engage them and keep them 'sharp' as they age?

Here is a great article from Canidae with helpful tips that you can use to keep your senior dog's mind active.  These simple suggestions can be incorporated into your daily routine with ease.

What do you think of the tips mentioned?  Share your thoughts by commenting!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (16334)/Comments (0)/
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Preparing for A New Puppy

If you are one of the lucky folks to welcome a new puppy into your home recently - or you plan to soon! - here is a great article from the ASPCA on preparing to bring your new puppy home.  This is a great time to establish a success plan for your pup's care.  We are here to help!  With a wide range of options - and tons of free samples - we can help you find the perfect products for your pup.  Stop in with your new little one! 

"Bringing home a new puppy is truly one of life's joys. Thoughtful pre-puppy preparations and a well-planned first 24 hours can give your fuzzy bundle of promise a head start and make your dreams of the perfect family dog come true.

Before the Big Day Once household discussions have established that everyone wants a dog of a certain age and breed, where to get the pup—from a shelter or reputable breeder—is more or less determined. Now, family meetings should cover scheduling:

 

- Who will take the pup to the papers or backyard and when?
- Who will be in charge of feedings three to four times a day?
- Who will make veterinary appointments for vaccinations and deworming?

 

Also, take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use. If Mom says "down" when Puppers climbs on the couch, Dad says "down" when he wants him to lie down, and Junior utters "sit down" when he expects the pup's rear to hit the floor, the result will be one confused dog! Putting the schedule and vocabulary list in writing prevents confusion and will help dog walkers, nannies, and others involved in raising Puppers.

Next, draft a shopping list and purchase supplies: food and water bowls, chew toys, grooming supplies, bedding, collar and leash, identification tag, crate, gate, and odor neutralizer. Pre-puppy shopping allows you to order from wholesale catalogs or visit the pet superstore in the next county without the pressure of Puppers needing it right now.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (11241)/Comments (0)/
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