Dec 20 2016

Deck the Paws!

It’s about that time, folks! The snow will be falling, the sweaters will be worn and the fires will be built. During the holiday season, our entire family deserves to be happy and safe. Below are a few tips for you and your furry friends this holiday season.

  1. Give Your Furry Relatives Their Own Space

Consider leaving a room aside for your pet when guests and parties are invited to your home. Often times pets – even the most outgoing – want to have a “safe place” of their own. Consider inviting an animal-loving guest into the room with your pet to make them feel safe and secure.


  1. No Food?!

We’ll most likely see the adorable faces of our furry family members staring up at us while eating at the dinner table this holiday season. Although it may be hard to resist sharing, we need to. The meals humans eat throughout the holidays include fatty and heavy foods– they are not healthy for our pets’ digestive systems. Never keep desserts where pets can reach them as many sweets will make them sick and even toxic to them! It’s best to stay safe and give them animal-friendly holiday treats!


  1. Electronics, Gifts, and Lights, Oh My!

It’s pretty hard to unplug during the holiday season. The heater is on, the lights are up and sometimes our presents can be electronically oriented. As pet owners, we have to make sure our animals are far enough away from these harmful devices. Make sure string lights are attached to the walls so that pets don’t chew them or trip over them.

  1. Let’s Decorate!

Decorating is fun and festive for you, but it shouldn’t be harmful to your pet. Make sure decorations are out-of-reach so your pet can’t get them. And some pets have a difficult time resisting presents and their wrapping paper s chew toys. You know your pet best so act accordingly, even if that means presents should be kept out of site.


  1. Snuggles and Love

Just like you, your animal needs joy in their life. Be sure to show them extra admiration – get them a fun cat toy to play with or a new Nylabone to chew! Never let them get cold during the winter. Provide them with a bed and blanket or have them join you on the couch. And don’t forget to give them extra belly rubs – they deserve it!

Happy Holidays and have a safe, joyful winter.

Wayside Waifs

Dec 6 2016

Frosty Paws – Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter


Winter is definitely upon us! Not only is it time for humans to dig out their cold weather clothes, it’s also time to think about keeping our pets safe during these arctic cold days. Here are some tips to keeping your pets safe.

1. Keep your pets inside. Limit your pets outside time for bathroom breaks when temperatures start to tumble. If it’s too cold for you, it’s defintely too cold for your pet. If your pet is normally outside, move them to a sheltered garage or heated dog house, away from the wind.

2. Outdoor cats have been known to find refuge underneath the hoods of cars. When the car is started, the cat could become injured or even killed by moving parts of the engine. If you have an outdoor cat, honk the horn before starting the car to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Keep your dog on a leash in the winter weather. Pets can lose their scent in the snow and ice and find refuge in unfamiliar places. This is also a good opportunity to check your dog or cats id tag to make sure they have the most current contact information in case your pet becomes lost or stolen. We also recommend mircrochipping your pet. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other time of the year.

4. When getting your pet groomed, don’t have them shaved down to the skin. A longer coat provides more warmth. Bathing your dog? Be sure to completely dry them before taking them out for a walk. For short-haired breeds, put them in a warm sweater with a high collar that gives the pet coverage from the base of their tail to the belly. My toy poodle Lucy loves to wear her jacket and waits for me to put it on her before going outside.

5. Make sure to keep a dry towel near the door when you bring in your dogs from being outside. Thoroughly dry their paws, legs and belly. They can pick up bits of salt, antifreeze and other lethal chemicals from being outside. It can also be painful for the animal to have shards of ice in their fur. A dogs paws can actually bleed from encrusted ice. This is also a good opportunity to give them some extra love and praise them for good outdoor behavior.

6. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. The vehicle can act as a refrigerator, keeping the cold inside and causing your pet to freeze to death.

7. If your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, increase his food supply. Make sure to include extra protein to help keep his fur in great shape.

8. Coolant and antifreeze are lethal for cats and dogs. If you have any spills in your garage or driveway make sure to clean them thoroughly. Stay away from product s that use ethylene glycol. If your pet should ingest any of these products, call your veterinarian immediately.

9. Rock salt is also dangerous for pets. “Safe Paw” is pet safe ice melt is available for sale at Wayside Waifs and is safe for pets.

10. Give your pet a warm place to sleep. Make sure beds are located away from doors and drafts. Warm blankets or a large pillow is great.


Written by: Trish Stinger, Digital Marketing/Brand Manager
Wayside Waifs

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