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Friday, March 17th, 2017

March is Pet Poison Prevention month!

Across the country, pet professionals, lovers and parents are doing their part to raise awareness and help save lives through education.  Poisonings can be easily prevented with the correct steps taken.  The first step is knowing which items in your house are harmful to your cats and dogs.  We have the most common poisons pets were treated for at vet offices across the country in 2016.  You won’t believe how many are accessible to your furry friend right this second!

(Pssst!  Click the image to the left for a printable version to hang on your fridge!)


Candles & Pets : The Dangers You Don’t Know

Friday, December 4th, 2015

candles & pet safetyWe spoke last month about fire safety & preparedness in your home for you and your pets. Candles contribute to a large number of house fires every year. Add pets to a household with candles and the number rises even farther. However, candles can pose even farther dangers than fire for you and your furry family members. (more…)

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Are you & your pets prepared in case of a house fire?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We hear it in the news nearly every day – a house fire and a family without a place to live, like this family in Norwell earlier this year. Thankfully, this family escaped with their lives and the lives of their pets. Some are not as lucky. With an average of 370,000 house fire per year in the United States, there is no such thing as too prepared. Of those 370,000, nearly 1,000 are started by pets! Learn the easy ways to keep your home safe and prepare you and your family in case of an emergency. (more…)

Do you know the most common dangers to your pet this season?

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Dog1Autumn is a favorite season for many, and rightly so! The beautiful colors of the leaves, anything pumpkin flavored, and soft, comfortable sweater weather – what’s not to love? For our pets, there are quite a few things not to love and even more to avoid altogether! Learn some of the most common dangers during this fall season to keep your pets safe! (more…)

Stay Tick Free During the Fall Season

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Autumn is prime tick season! Why? The cold winter months are moving in and these bloodsuckers are looking for a warm host to feed on before the frost. Being outdoors to enjoy the fall foliage with our dogs is one of the best parts of the season. We’re here to give you some prevention tips to ensure you and your dog can enjoy the autumn scenery to its fullest! (more…)

5 Common Household Items Toxic to Pets

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Pets – especially young puppies and kittens – are curious creatures at heart. They explore their environment in any way they can, which can sometimes include their sense of taste. Even when we are careful and remember to place things out of their reach, our pets can still get in to trouble. Knowing what could be dangerous to your pet can possibly save their lives. (more…)

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Top 5 Most Overlooked Fall Pet Dangers to Avoid

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013


Number 5 – Compost

The compost pile in your yard or Mrs. Jones’ yard down the street, although is wonderful for many things, your pet’s health may not be one of them. Compost usually contains mycotoxin, a toxic secondary metabolite fungus that can cause concerning reactions in pets. What should you look out for? Strange symptoms such as agitation, panting and/or drooling that’s above the norm, hyperthermia and even seizures. In very young puppies or kittens, molds and fungi reactions may even consist of the inability to stand or walk. Compost piles are a fantastic place for your carved pumpkins, not your pets.

Number 4 – Low Visibility

With the beautiful fall season also comes the (not-so-beautiful?) loss of one extra hour of daylight each day. Our days are shorter and our nights are longer which means that our pets find themselves spending more time outdoors in the dark.

First, ensure that your dogs and cats have up to date custom pet tags with their name and your contact information on them. You wouldn’t believe how often we see pets with outdated information on their tag or pets without any tags at all. This small, almost seemingly insignificant thing may just be your pet’s only chance at a safe return should he find himself too far from home. We proudly recommend pet tags from The Sterling Pet due to their selection, quality, craftsmanship, price and warranties.

Second, consider purchasing a PupLight. These amazing lighted dog collars make dogs visible up to a mile away, scare away wild animals, make hazards such as uneven sidewalks, broken glass, dead animals and patches of ice visible several yards ahead, and even help senior dogs see a whole lot better! We can’t speak highly enough about these lights for dogs. It’s so important to ensure that your dog continues getting his regular, routine bouts of exercise and the PupLight helps make this easy to do!

Number 3 – Allergies

Fall can mean allergies for a lot of pets (and their people!). Mold, fungus, mildew, ragweed and certain tree pollens are at an all time high during this season and we’re constantly amazed at just how common it is to see pets allergic to these irritants. It’s also common to see pet owners mistaking environmental allergies for fleas despite not being able to find any live fleas on their pet. So, what should you be looking for exactly?

When dogs are suffering from environmental allergies, you will frequently see them rubbing their face on the carpet, chewing and licking their paws and legs, scratching near their armpits and on their sides, chewing near their hips and tail, and you may even notice that some areas of their face are red, puffy or swollen or their eyes being extra watery.

To help curb their allergic reactions, you’ll want to be mindful to gently wipe off their fur – especially sensitive areas such as their face, paws and in between their toes, as well as areas with more exposed skin such as their groin – with wet wipes or baby wipes each and every time they come in from being outside. Warm baths with oatmeal bath treatments can help sooth irritated and itchy skin. You will more than likely need to talk to your vet about proper allergy treatments, however, such as steroid medications.

Number 2 – Food and Candy, Oh My!

Who doesn’t love the festivities of fall? Halloween means tons of candy for the young and old alike and Thanksgiving means juicy turkey and warm pumpkin pie. But, for your pets, these goodies have some real hidden dangers.

Most pet owners know that candy and chocolate are a big ‘no-no’, but things such as raisins and sugar-free sweeteners are often overlooked as being harmless when that’s simply not the case as both are toxic to dogs. Keep the kids’ stash of candy far away from the reach of any pet in your home and be sure that your kids understand that even leaving a candy wrapper or a lollipop stick in a pet’s reach can cause intestinal blockage and even death.

When it comes to our Thanksgiving feast, we have to be careful not to overfeed our pets (quite like we do to ourselves!) although it’s certainly okay to share in moderation. Take care to avoid foods high in fat as they can cause pancreatic upset and digestion issues, never give any poultry bones to your dog as they splinter easily and make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise during and after the holidays to keep him from growing his own set of doggy love handles!

Number 1 – Poisoning

As people prepare their boats, cars and other vehicles for winter driving or winter storage, antifreeze becomes easier for pets to come across when out and about. The same goes for rodenticides as people begin to winterize their garages, basements, sheds and homes. Mothballs are frequently overlooked as being highly toxic to pets, as are a very wide variety of mushrooms found in yards and woods all throughout the US. (Mushrooms can be quite difficult to identify so we recommend that you treat any mushroom ingestion as potentially dangerous and contact your vet immediately). Plants such as mums, holly, amaryllis, mistletoe, poinsettia, Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus, American and European bittersweet, chrysanthemum, Christmas rose, Jerusalem cherry, autumn crocus, and burning bush are poisonous to pets.