ARTICLES & TIPS
The following information has been reposted with permission from the ASPCA along with useful articles and tips from trainer Jacqueline who has degrees in Exotic Animal Training, Animal Behavior Management, Wildlife Education and Sociology .
There are many items in your home that can cause your pet, both dogs and cats, serious illness and even death. Those items are listed below in Plants known to be harmful to pets. If you think your animal has been poisoned, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426 – 4435
Holiday Hazards – Thanksgiving
Bones – Turkey, chicken and other small animal bones are very different from the large bones you find at the pet store. These small bones splinter easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed, so NEVER give them to your pet. Hot containers – Your dog or cat will most likely become curious when they smell something cooking. Keep an eye on hot containers so that your pet does not tip them over, causing…read more
Whether you are looking for a Puppy class, a Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Obedience class, or any class or workshop, you want to know the following things:
1. Is the owner of the company a dog trainer?
There are many reasons the owner of the company should be a dog trainer. Only a trainer really knows what is important for dogs. The top priority in a large company with chain stores is to make money. Training and the welfare of your dog are not a high priority for them. Many of the trainers in these large chain stores do not have the experience you need to teach you more than “sit”, “down”, and “stay”
2. Does the owner of the company live in the same state?
If the owner of the company lives out of state they are not involved in the dog to dog, day to day events that are happening in their classes. Training is not their priority, and they are not able to either teach classes themselves, or be able to…
Most dogs love food, and they’re especially attracted to what they see us eating. While sharing the occasional tidbit with your dog is fine, it’s important to be aware that some foods can be very dangerous to dogs. Take caution to make sure your dog never gets access to the foods below. Even if you don’t give him table scraps, your dog might eat something that’s hazardous to his health if he raids kitchen counters, cupboards and trash cans. For advice on teaching your dog not to steal food, please see our article, Counter Surfing and Garbage Raiding. Avocado Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark may contain a toxic principle known as persin. The Guatemalan variety, a common one found in stores, appears to be the most problematic. Other varieties of avocado can have different degrees of toxic potential. Birds, rabbits, and some large animals, including horses, are especially sensitive to avocados, as they can have respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death from consuming avocado. While avocado is toxic to some animals, in dogs and cats, we do not expect to see serious signs of illness. In some dogs and cats, mild stomach upset may occur if the animal eats a significant amount of avocado flesh or peel. Ingestion of the pit can lead to obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract, which is a serious situation requiring urgent veterinary care. Avocado is sometimes included in pet foods for nutritional benefit. We would generally not expect avocado meal or oil present in commercial pet foods to…read more
Many cats are picky eaters, so they’re less likely than dogs to be attracted to certain human foods. Nevertheless, it’s important to be aware that some foods can be dangerous to cats.
Raw bread dough made with live yeast can be hazardous to cats. When a cat swallows raw dough, the warm, moist environment of the stomach provides an ideal environment for the yeast to multiply, resulting in an expanding mass of dough in the stomach. Expansion of the stomach can be severe enough to decrease blood flow to the stomach wall and affect breathing. Also, as the yeast metabolizes the sugar in the dough, alcohol is produced. The alcohol can be absorbed, resulting in alcohol intoxication. Affected cats can have distended abdomens and show signs such as drunkenness, disorientation and vomiting (or attempts to vomit). In extreme cases, coma, seizures or even death from alcohol intoxication might occur. Cats who have abdominal distention or seem drunk should be monitored by a veterinarian until they recover. All rising yeast dough should be kept out of reach of…read more
Here is a list of Emergency Hospitals, Animal Shelters, Pet Friendly Rentals, Pet Friendly Vacation Spots, Dog Parks, Zoos and SPCAs in the southern California area.read more
Looking to adopt an animal in need of a forever home or a lost pet? Please use our facebook page (link below) to find animals lost or available for adoption. Personal pleas, rescues, and shelter animals may be posted by you or others here. To see available animals and lost pets posted by others, find the “post to page” section of the page. Adoptable & Lost Pets click here...read more
Household items that have the potential to cause serious illness, or even death Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.) Acetaminophen Cold and flu medications Anti-depressants Vitamins Home insect products Rat and mouse bait Bleach Diet pills Disinfectants Fabric Softener Lead Lighter Fluid Mothballs Anti-cancer drugs Solvents (paint thinners, etc.) Flea and tick products Drain cleaners Liquid potpourri Slug and snail bait Oven cleaner sprays Lime/scale remover Fly bait Detergents Tobacco...read more
Balconies – Tall balconies without safety railings may lead to a dangerous fall.
Bath tubs or sinks – When filled with water, a bath tub or a sink can cause a small pet to drown.
Doors and windows – Open doors and windows commonly lead to dogs and cats running across busy roads.
Electrical cords – Can cause electrocution if plugged into an outlet
Fireplace – Flames can result in serious burns to your pet and ashes can cause illness if ingested.
Toilets – Toilet water is not healthy for pets to drink; always remember to close the lid.
Washer and dryer – Your dog or can can easily crawl into a washer or dryer without you knowing, so be sure to close the doors to these appliances when you are not…