Mother's Day is rapidly approaching! Are you still wondering what to get the most special person in your life? Let Pawsitively Purrfect help you! We have an assortment of unique, handstamped jewelry sure to please even the pickiest Mom on your list! Plus, 10% of all proceeds are donated to animal rescues! Make it a happy Mother's day for all!
Warmer days are rapidly approaching, and for some of us, they are already here! As summer approaches, it is important to remember important tips about our pets’ safety regarding hot weather. Here are a few tips to help you and your pet stay cool and safe this summer.
Don’t leave your pet in the car. Ever. Your car is like an oven, even with the windows cracked. On a 78 degree day, your car can heat up to over 90 degrees when parked in the shade, imagine how hot it can get when parked in the sun! Err on the side of caution and leave your pet at home.
Provide plenty of shade. Pets can’t sweat like humans so they need a proper place to escape if they get too hot. Be sure that your pet has a shady tree to lay under when outside, or a cool place in the house to retreat.
Provide plenty of water. Prevent dehydration by keeping your pet’s water dish filled with cool, clean water. Maybe even throw in a couple of ice cubes!
Shave off the winter coat. If your pet is shedding it’s undercoat, be sure to help with the process by giving him a good brushing. It may also be a good idea to consider shaving down pets with thicker coats to help them stay cool on the hot summer days.
Avoid hot asphalt. In some areas, asphalt can get hot enough to fry an egg– imagine how that must feel on your pooch’s paw pads! Try to only walk during the early morning or late evening and stick to grass and gravel trails rather than asphalt.
Be safe in the water. If you are taking your pet for a swim to cool off, be sure to provide plenty of supervision and time to rest between dips into the water.
Rinse off after a swim. It’s important to rinse your dog after a swim in the lake, ocean, or pool. If not, your dog may lick the salt water or pool chemicals and become sick.
Know what to look for in an overheated pet. Symptoms of an overheated pet include difficulty breathing, excessive panting, drooling, increased heart rate, weakness and even collapse.
Flat-faced furry friends need extra care. Brachycephalic animals such as Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Persian cats cannot pant and cool down as effectively as our longer-muzzled pets.
By paying a little extra attention and care this summer, your pet can have a happy and healthy time!
I hope everyone had a terrific Easter weekend! Roo & Rocco got to play with new Bama Bully Foster, Hobo! All had a great time & wore each other out! Here are some pictures of their play date. Enjoy :-)
Hobo & Rocco
The meet & greet :-)
Roo says, "Hey Brother, who is this little guy visiting us?"
Our featured adoptable pup of the week is Miss Rosie!
Rosie has been in her foster home for 3 months now & has adjusted beautifully, but she is still looking for her furever home! Her foster parents say has blossomed into a sweet, loveable and fun dog. She has so much personality, loves to play fetch and her tail never stops wagging. She's a happy pup looking for a loving family. Crate-trained, treadmill trained and great with kids. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting this precious pup, please call Geoff or Dorrie at (256) 325-8125 for more in-fur-mation!!
For most people Easter brings fond memories of egg hunts, baskets and bunnies. But be careful! These Easter staples can be dangerous to your pets' health. But don't worry, you don't have to give up your favorite traditions to have a safe holiday. Watch out for these hazards, supervise your pets closely and try these substitution tips and everyone can have a Hoppy Easter!
Eggs - Dyed and Plastic
Shiny plastic eggs may look like toys to your pets. If they chew and swallow the plastic, it can cause intestinal problems that may require surgery. Fresh, hardboiled eggs are not dangerous, but eggs spoil quickly. If days later your pet finds and eats an egg that was undiscovered during the Easter hunt, it can make them very sick.
Tip: Keep track of the number of eggs hidden and make sure all are accounted for at the end of the hunt.
Cats are especially attracted to these shiny shreds, and just like tinsel, ingesting this "grass" may be lethal. Pets can not digest it, leading to the threads getting stuck in and damaging their intestines.
Tip: A better choice? Try using paper, or even real grass!
Most adults already know how dangerous chocolate is for pets, but it is important children know as well. Make sure to tell your kids that sharing with the family pet could make them very sick. Still, supervision is key.
Tip: With chocolate bunnies in every basket, and chocolate eggs hidden around the house, it may be best if your pets are kept in an "Easter free zone" during the festivities.
These flowers are beautiful and festive, but should be avoided at all costs if you share your home with pets. Easter lilies are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially to cats. Vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite are symptoms of lily poisoning. Cats who take a bite of the flower can die from kidney failure in less than two days if left untreated.
Tip: Try faux lilies for the same look without the risk.
April is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, the perfect time to
remember how lucky we are to have furry friends in our lives – and to learn how
to keep them safe. I have listed some helpful tips on how
to look for signs of animal cruelty, how to report it, and how to teach children
to have empathy for animals – to ensure a better future for humans and animals
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Know the Signs of Animal Cruelty: Animal cruelty can come
in many different forms, and they aren’t always physical. Here are some signs
to watch out for: • Wounded animals, either with open wounds or scarring. Limping or other
difficulties moving around can also be indicative of abuse. • Animals who are
left outside with no shelter from the elements and/or are chained for extensive
periods of time. • Emaciated animals. An emaciated animal has visible bone
protrusions, usually around their ribcage or along their spine. • Hair loss,
skin lesions or matted fur. • Animals who are forced to live in their own
excrement. • Animals who are crated in a space that is too small to move in
comfortably or are kept in a crate for extensive periods of time.
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Learn How to Report Animal Cruelty: If you witness or
suspect animal cruelty, gather as much information as you can, and report it to
your local animal control agency. You can search for the proper authorities in your area here.
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Teach Your Children to Be Kind to Animals: Children who
learn to be gentle with animals are more likely to become caring and responsible
adults. Here are a few easy ways to teach your children empathy for our furry
• Involve them in pet care responsibilities. Let them help walk the family
dog, or feed the family cat. • Put a bird feeder in your back yard! • Take
your child to your local animal shelter. At the Seattle Humane Society, you and
your children can brush, pet, and play with our adoptable cats. • Volunteer
to provide temporary foster care to a pet in need.