October 2014 archive

6 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time of the year for the whole family, but the festive food and decorations can sometimes be dangerous for your furry family members. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s important for pet owners to consider the safety of their pets when they are enjoying the festivities.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to ensure your pets stay safe this holiday season:

1. Maintain your pet’s schedule.

Though things may get busy in your household, it’s important to remain consistent with your pets’ eating and exercise schedules. Your pets thrive on routine and may feel neglected if their schedule is disrupted too much.

2. Keep holiday decorations out of reach.

Tree decorations can look a lot like toys to your pets. Make sure that any glass ornaments or tinsel are hung higher on the tree so that they do not cause temptation. Ingesting tinsel or broken ornament pieces can have serious health consequences for animals. Also, secure any strands of tree lights or other wires to avoid shock hazards or other potentially dangerous situations.

3. Do not leave burning candles unattended.

A scented candle makes a lovely addition to the holidays, but left unattended, burning candles can become a serious hazard as pets may knock them down causing a fire or severe burns. Keep an eye on your pets when they are around candles, and extinguish all flames when you leave the room.

4. Restrict your pets’ access to holiday plants.

Many holiday plants are toxic to animals. Holly, mistletoe, and a variety of lilies can cause a number of serious health issues for your pet. Keep these plants out of areas that your pets have easy access to or opt to use more pet-friendly plants.

5. Avoid sharing holiday treats with your pets.

Though special treats may make the holiday season, they can also cause digestive problems for your pets. Avoid sharing these treats with your animal companions, and be sure to let your guests know the “house rules” about feeding your pets scraps from the table.

6. Be mindful of your pets when you have visitors.

Typically, your home will see more visitors during the holidays. This increased traffic may cause stress for your pets. Make sure that your pets have a quiet place to retreat to when the holiday excitement becomes too much.

Fun Halloween Costumes for Your Pets



It’s more fun to answer the ringing doorbell on Halloween when your pet is dressed in a fun Halloween costume. Waiting eagerly to greet happy trick-or-treaters, your dog has no idea how cute he is, and of course ,the cat doesn’t care.

Little kids squeal with surprise and parents laugh hysterically as the door opens to find a canine pirate or ballerina, tiny cat clown or barking shark, miniature Pope, or even a dog in a Luke Skywalker or Chewbacca costume.

Which look does your pet prefer? Glamorous, humorous, silly or scary? You can’t go wrong when your kitty is dolled up in a Red Riding Hood costume or your puppy is decked out in a Michael Jackson wig. If scary is the look you want, check out the monster costumes or Tyrannosaurus Rex.

There are hundreds of different costume choices and ideas no matter how big or small your pet. If you’ve got a finicky animal, you might try something light like a scarf or set of moose ears. If your pet loves the idea of strutting her stuff, you can’t go wrong with a full set of jewelry and a tiara. And if your dog is the man of the house, send him to the door to delight the kids fully dressed in a doggie tuxedo, complete with bow tie collar.

If your pet doesn’t mind and won’t be insulted, try a food suit. How about a taco, hot dog, or banana split?

And don’t forget, you and your pet can wear fun and fabulous matching costumes to Halloween parties and to delight your neighborhood trick-or-treaters.

Is your dog getting enough exercise?

We all love our dogs. We nourish and feed them and in return they give us companionship and love. We make sure they get the best food and take them for veterinary visits on a regular basis, but is your dog getting enough exercise? Sometimes this is the one thing that a lot of pet owners overlook.

Exercise is as essential for dogs as it is for humans. Getting your pooch to exercise for at least thirty to forty minutes at least three times per week will keep joints, bones, and his brain functioning at their peak. Dogs that get enough exercise will be more even-keeled and generally happier.

In case you were wondering, taking your dog out for a potty-walk does not count as exercise. Here are some easy ways to make sure your dog gets enough exercise. Remember that the activity must be aerobic.

  • Get a tennis ball, a Frisbee, a chew toy or a stick and play a few games of fetch in your local park.
  • If you have a pool, live near a lake or the beach take your dog swimming. Swimming is terrific for toning all major muscle groups.
  • Take your dog with you on your daily morning jog.
  • Take your dog bicycling. There are products available which allow you to attach a leash to the back of your bicycle. That way you will not have to worry about holding a leash with one hand. This way you can keep both hands on the handlebars.

When your dog receives the right amount of exercise, chances are that it will live a longer, healthier and happier life. However, another these benefits will not only enhance your dog’s life but yours as well.

Testimonial Tuesday: Skin-Eze Reviews

Today we have a few great Skin-eze testimonials to share. We love hearing about how Skin-eze has helped your pets. If you have a story to share, please feel free to leave a comment! Without further ado, onto some Skin-eze reviews.

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