School is Back in Session!
Is Your Dog Home Alone?
For many pets, it is also a time of transition. They too must adjust to the activities of summer and having their family around, to spending much of the dayalone. Many pets make this transition with no problem, while others struggle with severe separation anxiety, there are some that are in between, then there are others that are like some parents that are celebrating their time without the children! Kongs and food puzzles can be very helpful in giving those pets
that are struggling to be by themselves something productive to do when they are home alone. Our training and behavior products
page has a list of food puzzles for all types of dogs.
Most dogs will enthusiastically go after a food puzzle that just holds their breakfast kibble. If your pet will not eat or drink while you are gone, this may be a sign of more severe anxiety. Certainly, if your pet is destructive, vocal (barking or whining), paces, drools, eliminates in the house, or tries to dig it's way out of your house or their kennel then they have more severe anxiety and will likely need more help than just a food puzzle. If you have tried these toys and your pet is not improving OR is getting worse, please contact the office immediately.
Backpacks: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Back to school is a fun time for most kids. The excitement of a new backpack, school supplies, seeing friends, and all the activities that go along with school are part of the fall routine.
Backpacks are like treasure chests, you never know what is inside of them! For pets, the contents can be life threatening. Some pets may enjoy chewing pens, pencils, erasers, and notebooks. Most of the time these are not toxic and may result in just an upset stomach. Calculators, phones, iPods, and video games all have batteries that can cause severe illness and, or chemical burning. All of these objects may become lodged in the intestine causing an obstruction or worse a perforation. This could result in a life threatening peritonitis or a very expensive surgery.
The danger doesn't end there. Many snacks and treats can have life threatening implications if eaten by your pet.
- Sugarless gum contains Xylitol which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure and even death.
- Chocolate can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, and even death.
- Raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure and death
- Macadamia nuts can lead to muscle tremors or leg weakness
- Left overs of any kind can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis
If your pet has ingested any of these items, or any other item that you may be concerned about please call us as soon as possible. While we can't "save" the homework, we can advise you of the necessary protocols needed to help your pet.
To prevent your pet from getting into backpacks or lunch boxes it is helpful to have a designated area for your child to place their items.
For a list of all the potentially harmful foods for your pet please visit the ASPCA
poison control page.
** We have intentionally used the word "pet" and not dog. While dogs are notorious for eating homework other species, such as cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, and other pets, have been known to raid backpacks too!