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We usually get a decent amount of calls on a monthly basis asking if we perform pet euthanasia here at Family’s Pet Cremation. Although WE do not specifically perform euthanasia’s here at FPC we do in fact work with “Lap of Love” Veterinary Hospice & In Home Pet Euthanasia. Below is a breakdown of their services.  Dr. Juliana Lyles and Dr. Stacy Chirillo (DVM) serve as the contacts for the Chicagoland and Surrounding Suburbs in Illinois. For more information on them as well as contact information please go to: http://lapoflove.com/Locations-Illinois-Chicago

IN-HOME EUTHANASIA

Because their last moment should be at home with you.
Saying goodbye to your pet is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever make in your life.  Lap of Love is committed to making the process as easy as it can be.  We are compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental.  As veterinarians, we understand the progression of diseases and the suffering that is usually inevitable.  We will assist you in making the decision that is best for your pet and ultimately for your family.  Saying goodbye in your home could be the single most compassionate thing you do for your pet.

ALL AT HOME EUTHANASIA SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Consultation
  • Sedation
  • Humane Euthanasia
  • Memorial keepsake – clay paw print (made at your home) & hair clippings
  • Pet loss booklet with pet name and date of death.  Includes information on canine and feline grief other pets may experience.
  • Transportation for cremation, if elected (see Aftercare for costs)
  • Notification to your family veterinarian of your pet’s passing

APPOINTMENTS

We have appointments available during the day and make every accommodation to be available on nights and weekends.   If your pet is in need of immediate care, we will make every effort to be available as quickly as possible.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Outlined below are a few general things to expect from a home visit euthanasia. If you have any questions, special desires, or need any help in your decision-making, please do not hesitate to ask.  If you would like a more detailed description of what the process is like, please email or call us.

BEFORE THE VET’S ARRIVAL

Think about any arrangements you would like to make beforehand, such as family or friends that would like to be present, any special family or religious tributes/ceremonies you would like to have arranged.  Plan to have other family members and pets in the house say goodbye if they will not be present on the day of the appointment.
Find a quiet place where you and your pet will feel most comfortable. You may choose a favorite room, a special place in the house, or even somewhere quiet outdoors. If you have a cat or small dog, the procedure can often be done with your pet in your lap. Essentially, anyplace that is comfortable for you and your pet is fine.  Our job can be done anywhere.

THE APPOINTMENT

The procedure will be explained to you once the veterinarian arrives, according to your interest level and comfort.  Feel free to ask questions if needed.  Everything will be done at the pace you and your pet dictate.  The actual procedure is quite simple and peaceful: except under extreme circumstances a sedation injection is given to relax your pet.  Once you and your pet are ready, the final drug is given, usually in a vein.  It works very rapidly, only seconds in most cases.  The veterinarian will then confirm that your pet has passed on.  After, you may continue to spend as much time as you need with your pet.  A paw print will be made when you are ready.
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Whether you are looking to adopt a pet into your home or know of a pet in need of rescuing, the animal shelters near you can be a great resource. With so many pets in the world in need of a good home, you can make a difference in the life of a pet through adoption, and once you do, they will most likely take up residence in your heart as well.  If you are unable to bring a furry bundle of joy into your home but still have a heart to help there are many volunteer opportunities available at your local shelter. The whole family will enjoy serving together as they see the difference they are able to make in the life of these less fortunate animals. As you sacrifice your time you will be repaid with a warmth and joy that money can not buy. A financial gift is also a tremendous support in order to help these shelters continue to provide a safe place for these animals as well as the opportunity for them to enjoy a better quality of life.

This list  may help you to locate a shelter near you.

This is a partial list of animal shelters in the state of Illinois and is not intended to endorse a particular shelter.

*No Kill shelters

Organization  Address  Phone 
Chicago
Animal Welfare League 6224 S. Wabash Avenue  773.667.0088
Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle Street  312.644.8338
Cats Are Purrsons, Too/ Touched by an Animal* (cats only)  PO Box 59067 Chicago, IL 773.728.6336
Chicago Canine Rescue* (dogs & cats)  5272 N. Elston Chicago,IL 773.697.8848
Red Door Animal Shelter* (cats, dogs, rabbits)
(formerly Chicago Community Humane Center) 
2406 W. Lunt 773.764.2242
City of Chicago Animal Care and Control 2741 S. Western Avenue  312.744.5000
Felines, Inc.* (cats only) 1962 W. Peterson Chicago, IL (temporary location) 773.465.4132
Harmony House* (cats only) 3809 N. Kedzie Chicago, IL 773.463.6667
Lake Shore Animal Shelter (dogs and cats only) 25 May Street and Foster Homes 312.409.1162
     
ARFhouse Chicago* (older, special needs dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.305.5690
Precious Pets Almost Home* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.250.7141
Puppy Love-Love Cats* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 312.636.1200
Windy City Animal Foundation* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.496.8024
Virtually Home Adoptions* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.203.0215
PAWS Chicago* (dogs and cats) 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.  773.935.7297
Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue* (purebred cats only) Midwest Foster Homes n/a
South Suburbs 
Animal Welfare League (cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, rodents, reptiles) 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge (adoption center and clinic) 708.636.8586
Humane Society of Plainfield* (dogs and cats, sometimes takes orphaned kittens) 1347 N. Division, Plainfield 815.436.2700
Joliet Animal Control 2807 McDonough, Joliet 815.725.0333
People’s Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)* (dogs and cats) 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park  815.464.7298
P.A.C.T Humane Society* (dogs and cats, admits FeLV and FIV+ cast) P.O. Box 841 W.,  Downers Grove    630.375.7017 
South Suburban Humane Society (also has low cost spay/neuter services) 1103 W. End Avenue, Chicago Heights  708.755.7387
Tender Loving Care (TLC) (dogs and cats) 151st and Bell Road, Lockport 708.301.1594
Will County Humane Society* (dogs and cats) 24109 W. Seil Rd, Shorewood 815-741-0695
Northwest Suburbs    
Young At Heart* (senior cats,dogs) PO Box 1293 Palatine, IL  847-529-2025
Evanston Animal Shelter (dogs and cats) 2310 Oakton Street, Evanston  847.866.5080
Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association* (dogs and cats) 2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock 815.338.4400
Orphans of the Storm* (focuses on rescuing stray/abandoned cats) 2200 Riverwoods Rd, Deerfield 847.945.0235
Save-A-Pet* (dogs and cats) 31664 North Fairfield Rd. Grayslake, IL 847.740.7788
Skokie Animal Control (dogs and cats) 5127 W. Oakton, Skokie 847.933.8484
Stray’s Halfway House* (dogs and cats) P.O. Box 68811, Schaumburg 630.351.3150
Heartland Animal Shelter* (dogs and cats) 2975 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook 847-296-6400  
Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.)(dogs and cats) PO Box 1964, Evanston 847-705-2653
Western Suburbs    
Anderson Animal Shelter (dogs and cats) 1000 S. La Fox Road, South Elgin 847.697.2881
Bolingbrook Animal Care & Control (dogs and cats) 775 W. Briar Cliff, Bolingbrook 630.759.0469
DuPage County Animal Control (dogs and cats) 120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton 630.682.7197
Fox Valley Animal Welfare (dogs and cats) 600 W. River St. Aurora, IL 630.256.3640
Hinsdale Humane Society (dogs and cats) 22 N. Elm Street, Hinsdale 630.323.5630
Naperville Humane Society (dogs and cats) 1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville 630.420.8989
Oak Park Animal Control (dogs and cats) 1 Village Hall Plaza, Oak Park 708.358.5680
Oak Park Animal Care League (dogs and cats) 1013 W. Garfield, Oak Park 708.848.8155
Recycling Animals In Need
(RAIN)
*
Foster Homes, admit animals primiraly from other shelters P.O. Box 810, Hinckley 815.286.3042
West Suburban Humane Society* 1901 W. Ogden Road, Downers Grove 630.960.9600
A.D.O.P.T* (special needs cats and dogs) 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville 630-355-2299
Cat Guardians* (cats only) 932 E. St. Charles Rd, Lombard 630-543-3395
Outside Chicagoland    
Assisi Animal Foundation* (dogs and cats, has trap-neuter-return feral cat program) P.O. Box 143, Crystal Lake 815.455.9411
Independent Cat Society*
(no kill, cageless cat shelter)
P.O. Box 735, Westville
(Route 6 and Porter/LaPorte County Line Road)
219.785.4936
Pets-In-Need* (dogs and cats) P.O. Box 58, Ringwood 815.728.1462
Fried’s Cat Shelter* 509 Highway 212, Michigan City, Indiana 219.874.6932
Dekalb County Animal Shelter (dogs and cats) 16173 Baseline Rd, Genoa 815.784.5924a
H.E.L.P* (dogs and cats) Fox Valley area- foster homes only 877.364.2286
Quad City Animal Welfare Center* (dogs and cats, as well as low cost vet care) 724 W. 2nd Ave, Milan 309-787-6830
Friends of Strays* (dogs and cats, admits FIV+ and FeLV+ cats) 2845 North Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356
815.872.7387
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary* (dogs and cats) 111 N. 1st St, Rockford 815-962-2767
Foster Pet Outreach* (dogs and cats) PO Box 5084, Peoria, foster homes only 309-682-1122
Project Hope Humane Society* (dogs and cats) PO Box 125 1698 W. 10th , Metropolis 618-524-8939
Second Chance Pet Adoption Organization* (cats only) PO Box 91916, Elk Grove Village- foster homes only 847.670.4714
Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS)* (dogs and cats) 2675 Allentown Rd, Pekin 309-353-8277
(Waggin’ Tales) Animal Protective League* (dogs and cats) 1001 Taintor Rd, Springfield 217-544-7387

 

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If you have had to say goodbye to your pet you know you are saying goodbye to much more. Losing a pet is losing a friend, a family member, and even losing a part of oneself. Allowing room for grief is key and your beloved is worth it. If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing this lose, we hope this article may be of some help.

 

Given the intense bond most of us share with our animals, it’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a pet dies. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend. Instead, use these healthy ways to cope with the loss, comfort yourself and others, and begin the process of moving on.

Understanding grief after lossing a pet

For many people a pet is not “just a dog” or “just a cat.” Pets are beloved members of the family and, when they die, you feel a significant, even traumatic loss. The level of grief depends on factors such as your age and personality, the age of your pet, and the circumstances of their death. Generally, the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief you’ll feel.

Grief can be complicated by the role the animal played in your life. For example, if your pet was a working dog or a helper animal such as a guide dog, then you’ll not only be grieving the loss of a companion but also the loss of a coworker or the loss of your independence. If you cared for your pet through a protracted illness, you likely grew to love him even more. If you lived alone and the pet was your only companion, coming to terms with his loss can be even harder. If you were unable to afford expensive veterinary treatment to prolong the life of your pet, you may even feel a profound sense of guilt.

Everyone grieves differently

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. Some people find grief comes in stages, where they experience different feelings such as denial, anger, guilt, depression, and eventually acceptance and resolution. Others find that grief is more cyclical, coming in waves, or a series of highs and lows. The lows are likely to be deeper and longer at the beginning and then gradually become shorter and less intense as time goes by. Still, even years after a loss, a sight, a sound, or a special anniversary can spark memories that trigger a strong sense of grief.

  • The grieving process happens only gradually. It can’t be forced or hurried—and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.
  • Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to the loss of a beloved pet. Exhibiting these feelings doesn’t mean you are weak, so you shouldn’t feel ashamed.
  • Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing, it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it. By expressing your grief, you’ll likely need less time to heal than if you withhold or “bottle up” your feelings. Write about your feelings and talk with others about them.

when others devalue your loss

One aspect that can make grieving for the loss of a pet so difficult is that pet loss is not appreciated by everyone. Friends and family may ask “What’s the big deal? It’s just a pet!” Some people assume that pet loss shouldn’t hurt as much as human loss, or that it is somehow inappropriate to grieve for an animal. They may not understand because they don’t have a pet of their own, or because they are unable to appreciate the companionship and love that a pet can provide.

  • Don’t argue with others about whether your grief is appropriate or not.
  • Accept the fact that the best support for your grief may come from outside your usual circle of friends and family members.
  • Seek out others who have lost pets; those who can appreciate the magnitude of your loss, and may be able to suggest ways of getting through the grieving process.

Tips for coping

Sorrow and grief are normal and natural responses to death. Like grief for humans, grief for animal companions can only be dealt with over time, but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain. Here are some suggestions:

  • Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel, and don’t tell yourself how to feel either. Your grief is your own, and no one else can tell you when it’s time to “move on” or “get over it.” Let yourself feel whatever you feel without embarrassment or judgment. It’s okay to be angry, to cry or not to cry. It’s also okay to laugh, to find moments of joy, and to let go when you’re ready.
  • Reach out to others who have lost pets. Check out online message boards, pet loss hotlines, and pet loss support groups. If your own friends, family members, therapist, or clergy do not work well with the grief of pet loss, find someone who does.
  • Rituals can help healing. A funeral can help you and your family members openly express your feelings. Ignore people who think it’s inappropriate to hold a funeral for a pet, and do what feels right for you.
  • Create a legacy. Preparing a memorial, planting a tree in memory of your pet, compiling a photo album or scrapbook, or otherwise sharing the memories you enjoyed with your pet, can create a legacy to celebrate the life of your animal companion.
  • Look after yourself. The stress of losing a pet can quickly deplete your energy and emotional reserves. Looking after your physical and emotional needs will help you get through this difficult time. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly to release endorphins and help boost your mood.
  • If you have other pets, try to maintain your normal routine. Surviving pets can also experience loss when a pet dies, or they may become distressed by your sorrow. Maintaining their daily routines, or even increasing exercise and play times, will not only benefit the surviving pets but may also help to elevate your outlook too.
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Can you walk the walk? Your dog needs one each day. Here are some tips to help you walk your dog successfully.

 

Here are 6 dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. When I’m out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I’m in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it’s simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why dogs follow me wherever I go.

1. Walk in front of your dog.

Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk.

2. Use a short dog leash.

This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog. If you need additional help, consider the illusion collar. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections.

3. Give yourself enough time for the dog walk.

Dogs, like humans, are diurnal, so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. The specific needs of each dog differ. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog’s behavior to see if his needs are being met.

4. How to reward your dog during the walk.

After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.

5. Keep leading, even after the walk.

When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.

6. Reward your dog after the walk.

By providing a meal after the walk, you have allowed your dog to “work” for food and water.

And don’t forget to set a good example by always picking up after your dog!

Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/training/thewalk/6-Tips-for-Mastering-the-Dog-Walk#ixzz3WewHAz9l

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Easter is a wonderful time of celebrating new life! Chocolate bunnies in baskets, hiding eggs around the house, and displaying fragrant lilies are all apart of the fun, but are not so safe for family pets. Sickness, choking, and even fatality are possible side effects if your pet ingests any of these items. Keep the celebration going and protect your beloved pet by following these precautions.
Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine as well as caffeine. Both substances are highly toxic and ingestion can be fatal to pets. It can affect the Nervous System and Cardiovascular system as well as cause vomiting, loose stools, etc. If your pet ingests chocolate please seek veterinary assistance immediately. Try to retain the wrappers as evidence of what kind of chocolate (milk, dark, white, etc) as well as the amount of chocolate that was ingested to show to your vet.

Candy
The abundance of sugar in candy can make your pet sick. Artificially sweetened candies are just as toxic.
Foil wrapping if ingested can cause digestion issues and sharp pieces of foil can cause
serious damage to the esophagus and intestines. Chewy candies and gum pose a chocking risk.

Easter Grass and Eggs
That long stringy faux “grass” lining many Easter baskets is not only a pain to clean up after the festivities but it is a major threat if ingested. Cats in particular may be attracted to the shiny stringy material.  It can cause intestinal obstruction requiring surgery if the strands of tinsel grass wrap around the intestines. Shredded paper and real grass are more safe alternatives.
When hiding eggs, be sure to find and put away after the hunt is over to make sure that your pet does not chomp down on a plastic egg which can break and be sharp again causing internal damages. Also some candy may be inside the egg. If using real eggs you definitely want to be sure to recover them all and use or discard immediately so that they do not rot. If you do not find them your pet with his superior sense of smell will most likely find them for you. And if they eat a rotten egg, it may not agree with their tummy and you don’t want to deal with the smells that will follow!

Easter Lilies
The trademark flower of Easter is the beautiful, fragrant lily resembling the new life of the season. However, LILIES ARE EXTREMELY TOXIC TO ALL PETS ESPECIALLY TO CATS! PLEASE KEEP LILIES OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND GARDEN if you are a pet owner. Symptoms of lily poisoning include: vomiting, nausea, lethargy, any change in behavior, please take your pet to the vet IMMEDIATELY, DO NOT WAIT until the morning or after your party is over because it may be too late. Most vet clinics are closed on Holidays so it is a good idea to know of your closest emergency clinic location in the event of any unexpected emergencies.

Easter Toys
Many toys that are small enough to fit into eggs makes them a choking hazard to pets. Cats may be attracted to small toys and dogs may eyeball your child’s stuffed animals. Keep all non toys away form your pets and keep an eye out if your pet is being curious toward the contents of your baskets.

Pet Perks
Give your pets their own treats to chew on, keep them occupied, and spend some time with them as a part of your celebrations. For their safety however, you may wish to keep them confined in a room until all eggs are picked up and your guest are gone.

Have a Happy Easter!

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Dogs tend to love spring because they get to spend more time outdoors. After being cooped up during the winter it is a joy for them to be able to take advantage of the lengthening and warming days to release all of their pent up winter energy. It is equally joyful for us watching our dogs have a good time. However the warmer days bring about certain health concerns so take a moment and make sure your dog is fully prepared for spring.

 

Depending on where you live mosquitoes start becoming more active. Generally heartworm preventative medication should be given year round to prevent infection because mosquitoes thrive year round in many parts of the country and as our climate continues to warm mosquitoes tend to stay active longer each year. Despite this some pet owners do not give heartworm preventatives in the winter so spring is a good time of year to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on his heartworm preventative medication. The cost of heartworm preventative medication is a bargain when compared to how much it costs to treat heartworm disease.

In addition to mosquitoes, ticks and fleas become more prevalent as well. There are a variety of products available to combat these nuisances, so ask your veterinarian which one is best for your dog. Start early as preventing ticks and fleas from becoming a problem is far easier than dealing with a major flea infestation and get into the habit of regularly checking your dog for ticks. Ticks are typically found around the head, on the ears, neck, chest and forelegs although they can be found anywhere. Usually it is easier to find them by feeling for them instead of looking depending on how long your dog’s coat is.

Spring is a good time to check and make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Dog to dog contact increases in the spring and continues on into the summer months. Your dog is exposed to more infectious diseases during this time of year. For example many veterinary clinics start to see increased incidence of kennel cough in the spring because of increasing dog-to-dog contact.

Spring for some people means it is time to plan and start your garden. Selecting plants that are safe for dogs will go a long way in preventing toxicities from occurring. Keep in mind that some dogs can enjoy digging as much as we do so avoid planting toxic bulbs such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies. Fertilizers and mulch can be toxic as well so store them in an inaccessible area like a shed when not in use and do not allow your dog in the garden area.

With spring generally comes spring cleaning. Be aware that many household cleaning products are harmful to dogs so follow instructions as posted on the label and store all chemicals out of reach when not in use.

With spring rains come spring mud, keep your dog’s feet dry and your house clean by keeping a towel near the door and perhaps in your car as well.

Spring means fun times for dogs (and humans) so pick up the leash and go for a walk or hit the dog park. You are bound to notice a little spring in your dog’s steps.

Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/Spring-Health-Tips#ixzz3VLMxrUWf

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You and your pet have been waiting all winter long and finally spring is in the air, which means daily walks, playing fetch, and chasing smaller creatures that scurry about outdoors.  But spring isn’t the only thing in the air…the much dreaded pests,  allergies, and shedding fur balls will also be circulating. We want to help you and your pet prepare for these important changes. Read on to find out how.

 

Spring is a time for dealing with all the remnants of winter, the dreaded spring cleaning of your home but don’t forget your pet! With warmer weather just around the corner, do you know how to prepare your pet for spring? Here is our Pet Expert checklist for the upcoming season:

Grooming

With the weather warming up you will start to notice your pets (cats & dogs) shedding much more. Out with the old heavy, fuzzy undercoats and in with new sleek fur. As the weather changes your pet is losing its winter coat, even inside-only cats will do this. To help cut down on this shedding, regularly brush your pet’s coat with a de-shedding tool. Furminator tools are a great choice for this. They work incredibly well at taking out the undercoat from both cats and dogs, even shorthaired breeds. To better loosen the hair, give your pet a bath and really scrub them with your hands against the hair growth. Once dry, give them a good brushing and you will be amazed at the hair that comes off.

Remember: people shampoos and conditioners are made for people not pets and can actually harm them (They have sensitivities that we don’t!).

Here are some tips to help with your spring grooming:

  1. If the coat looks dry, apply a gentle pet conditioner.
  2. For dry and flaky skin use an oatmeal based pet shampoo.
  3. Salt, snow and cold can cause paws to crack, apply a moistening ointment if necessary.
  4. Check and make sure ears are clean and have no sign of ear mites. DO NOT use Q-tips, the best option is liquid ear cleaners.
  5. Brush, Brush, Brush! But be gentle when working out those pesky knots. Brush against the grain to remove hair and with it to smooth out the coat.
  6. Don’t forget to trim your pet’s nails. If you are not comfortable doing them yourself, take them into a groomer or vet and have them done. You can also check your local store for nail trimming days!

 

Washing Your Pet’s Toys & Bedding

The winter also brings a fair bit of dust into our homes, and with keeping windows shut your pet’s favourite items become stale. Bedding and fabric toys can be run through the washing machine, while leashes, collars and plastic toys should be hand washed in hot, soapy water.

Seasonal Allergies

Just like people, many pets get seasonal allergies.  Pets have very similar symptoms for allergies: watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, itching or sneezing.  These symptoms are inflammatory based, the same as in humans. Luckily, there are things we can do to ease our pet’s allergies.

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acid is beneficial for overall health, and can help decrease inflammation in your pet’s body. Salmon oil is a great way to add more Omega-3 to your pet’s diet.
  2. Coconut Oil is another natural additive that can ease symptoms of allergies. Coconut oil contains something called “lauric acid” that helps decrease the production of yeast and in turn stops or reduces inflammation.
  3. Bathing also helps by getting rid of airborne allergens that may have attached themselves to your pet.

Pests

Warm weather also signals the beginning of pest season. Fleas, ticks, biting flies and mosquitos are starting to come back for the season and with them bring annoyance and illnesses for many pets (and people!).  In many areas, if not continued year-round, it is time to begin heartworm prevention. Your vet will be able to give you the best type and dosage for your pet. Commonly, these preventatives also help with other pests too.

Fleas and ticks can carry many parasites that can seriously harm your pet, so it is important to treat this at the first signs. Fleas can cause pets to suffer allergic reactions and skin problems, anemia, tapeworm, rickettsiosis and cat scratch disease. Ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Some of these diseases can be transmitted to people from fleas and ticks, and some can be transmitted from pets to people. Zodiac offers many options for flea and tick prevention and treatment and can be used alongside your heartworm preventative. Ask our Pet Experts about the best product for your pet.

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Many of us get cabin fever and so do our pets! Why not beat it together? We have some ideas that may help.

Shorter days and frigid cold weather make the great outdoors seem not so great of a place to play and get the physical exercise we all need. Cabin fever can set in and not just for you but for your pet as well. Pets that are more accustomed to spending time outdoors as well as breeds that require more activity can take it the hardest.

If your pet is barking or howling, scratching at the back door, chewing furniture or messing in the house then cabin fever may be to blame. It is a sign of frustration and boredom, a cry for help. Dogs that are home alone all day may act out more.

1. Play with the kids. For the sake of play, kids seem to be more willing to brave the outdoor weather than adults. Why not have Sparky join in the fun? Be sure to supervise and remember to clean off your pet’s paws afterward to keep salt and other contaminants from being ingested later if he is tempted to lick them.

2. Go for a walk. With the proper attire for both you and your pet, taking a walk in the winter wonderland can be just what you and your pet need to get your bodies moving and boost serotonin levels. If the thought of braving the cold is unbearable to you, consider inviting your pooch to come along when walking the kids to the bus stop or getting the mail and even shoveling.

3. Treat him. If going outdoors is not an option, interactive toys and treats can provide mental stimulation. Try stuffing a Kong with cheese, peanut butter or another favorite treat. Also, frozen dog treats can take longer to eat extending the experience.

4. Enroll in Doggie Camp. If your dog is at home alone during the day while family members are at work and school then a doggy day camp or play group may be a great fit for you both. Doggy camps and groups give your pup the opportunity to exercise and socialize with other dogs in a safe, supervised environment. One to two days a week may be all that is needed to fulfill their need to interact and let loose.

5. Take a class. Signing up for an indoor training class is a great way to improve some of your dog’s skills and obedience while building trust. It will provide much needed mental, physical, and social exercise. Reinforcing the techniques at home provides even more activity and can lead to improved behavior as well.

 

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