Aug 4 2017

Back-To-School Tips

When August comes around, we start thinking about school. Either the back-to-school sale, school supplies list, making sure everything’s ready, or just dreading the upcoming semester. What we might not always think about is how our furry friends in the home might understand what August means. I’m going through some tips and explaining what our pets feel like during those different schedules after summer.

Not all animals will feel this way when people start going back to work and school, but some will experience sadness and loneliness. They might mope around or sleep more. Maybe your dog starts chewing on things they shouldn’t, or maybe your cat becomes more vocal or pees in the litter box. Many people will not connect this to back-to-school time. Like some people, animals like having routine because it makes them feel secure. During the summer, if kids are playing with them all day, and suddenly they go away for long hours, it can cause confusion and stress.

There are so many ways that we can prepare for to curb this anxiety your pet might feel, and it is a great teaching moment for your children! Here are some tips that can get you through this transition.

1. Transition Time

If you prepare at least one week before school starts, the animal can mentally prepare for your absence. This could be leaving your dog inside during the early hours of the morning by themselves. Only for about thirty minutes or so, and that should help simulate school time. Another good trick is to start breaking out lunch boxes or school supplies that your dog would see when you leave them. They can get used to the items and desensitize them around it, making for an easier transition. 

2. Come up with a routine.

As mentioned above, animals are all about routine, and without it they can have severe depression or separation anxiety. To avoid that, you can start a new routine for all year round, that can benefit the children, you, and your animals. The schedule should include but is not limited to feeding, bathroom breaks, walks, and exercise/play time at set times each day. You could plan for a morning walk before or after school, and cuddle time in the evening, depending on what your schedule looks like. Coming up with a routine will reduce the stress on your animal.

3. Turn on the TV/music before you leave.

I do this with my animals, because I think they worry more when it is completely quiet. We used to turn on the radio, but now we turn on the TV for them. I usually put it on cartoons because they make the most noise and they can hear happy music. Human voices or calm music helps them adjust from seeing and hearing you all day to just nighttime.

4. Prepare special toys for the environment.

With you and the kids gone, the animals have lost their favorite playmate. If you provide toys throughout the day, and switch them out to make it fun, they will be able to transition. You can also provide food puzzles so they have to play and think while eating their food. We personally hide treats around our living room so they can have that to do as well. Some people will fill a puzzle feeder or Kong toy with peanut butter or cream cheese for an extra treat. Save those “favorite” toys for when the kids come home so they can enjoy it a little more.

5. Think about Daycare.

Sometimes dropping your dog off to daycare will help them make new friends and be busy all day. Cat daycares are few and far in-between, but you can always check to see if someone does that, but cats will not be as upset as dogs will. This will allow your dog to expend some energy, while being in good care and the company of others.

6. Quality Time

It is important to re-connect with your pet at the end of a busy week. With school back in session, your dog may not get as much time playing with your family as during the care-free days of summer. Remember that even though your pet wasn’t at work or school all day, he still needs time to unwind. Consider activities like: Long walks at the park, Lounging around on the couch, Daily walks, even as the days get shorter, A weekend picnic, A weekend hike, A visit to a restaurant or establishment that allows dogs, and A special weeknight brushing.

There aren’t that many tips for keeping your pet calm and collected while going back-to-school, but this is really all it takes. August can be a stressful time for you and your family, but don’t forget about your furry friends!

Come visit Wayside Waifs!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Aug 1 2017

Dutch: Long-Term Resident

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and I try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month, we focused on Bert and Marla, and I have good news. Marla found her forever home a week ago! This week, we are going to talk about Dutch and Rhett!

This handsome boy is Dutch, and he has been here for a grand total of one hundred and ten days. Dutch came to us in April as a stray, and he came in on a bite hold. A bite hold is a mandatory ten-day hold an animal has to be put on if they bite someone, and the length of time is determined because that’s when rabies could start showing symptoms if he had it. Thankfully, he was cleared medically and from his hold and he could start interacting with our staff. Behaviorally, we noticed he had a lot of energy, so we put him on Peace Academy.

Peace Academy is a program we have where our dogs that are super energetic can learn to harness their energy. We have trained staff and volunteers that work with the dogs daily, and each dog has their own training specific to their needs. Dutch’s program consisted of learning to “look” and “wait” because he is so energetic and can knock someone over. He also can get really mouthy and go over threshold, meaning he could bite just from being worked up. Some positive things were noted as well, like he already knew many commands and walked well on a harness.

Even though he is a big boy, sudden movements and noises can spook him. He recovers very quickly though! He also deals with restraint, but he will try and back out of it if he thinks he can beat you. When we tested him with dogs, he showed dominant and high-energy play style, so that was something else he needed to work on. On top of his behavior training, he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and was promptly treated. After that, he was made available!

As with any long-termer, he has become a staff favorite. Our Canine Care/Behavior Manager Jess Miller had many nice things to say about him.

 

“I LOVE HIM! He is such a big sweetheart, and he deserves a great home. He does need work and consistent behavior training, but if you stick with it he will thrive! He needs mental and physical stimulation otherwise he will get bored and start getting mouthy. Someone take a chance on him!”

 

A member of our Canine Care team also had nice things to say about Dutch. Sarah McGuire works with him whenever she can, and she enjoys his play style. She also compared him to Chance from Homeward Bound!

 

“Honestly, he’s like a big toddler. He doesn’t know how strong he is, so he will try and hug you but it ends up almost knocking you down. As long as someone is consistent with him, he will be a good boy!”

He has been available for a little over two months now, and he is thriving as much as he can here. He does have a few restrictions, such as he cannot go to a home with children under the age of five due to his excessive play and energy. He also needs an experienced owner, because he is a big, strong boy, and he needs someone who will stay committed to working with him on his behaviors. He is also obsessed with water so you can always have a pool buddy! Dutch would like to present his bio to you himself, so here you go!

 

“Hey there, I’m Dutch! I’m a handsome guy who’s looking for my fur-ever home. I’m a 1 year old American Pit Bull Terrier and I can’t wait to find my new peeps! I’m a fur-iendly guy who loves people but I’ll do best in a home without small children. Sometimes I can get really excited and wouldn’t want to knock anyone over! I’d love to meet all furry friends before heading home, too. I’m a strong guy with a big brain and I love to learn new things. I’m eager to learn the ropes in my new home. I’ll be extra motivated by praise and yummy treats! I love to get active and make sure I get plenty of exercise. Boys my size need to play! Walking on my easy walk harness and exploring the world is my favorite thing. I’m a sweet guy with a big heart and I’m ready to give you all of my love! Come by soon to see if we were meant to be!”

Love,

Dutch  

You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can view here

 

We were going to feature our Feline Friend Rhett, but Rhett recently got adopted, so congratulations! But here’s a picture of her anyway! 

You can visit Dutch and all of our other furry friends at Wayside Waifs. Here are our adoption hours;

 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: Noon-8pm

Thursday: Noon-8pm

Friday: Noon-8pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jul 21 2017

Volunteer Appreciation

In many aspects of shelter operation, we would not be where we are without our volunteers. Our staff members are very thankful for the active roles our volunteers take in caring for the animals in the shelter. I thought it would be nice to showcase some of the many volunteers and what they do here that better improves the mission we all have; save as many lives as we can!

This is Dorothy Miller, and she volunteers in the Cat area. She does socializing, which is visiting with the cats, but she also does Cat to Cat featured in the picture above. Cat to Cat is where we introduce a cat to another cat to better understand if they could be in a home and co-exist together. In this picture, Jon and Bertram seem to be doing well, and they did get that coveted “Yes.” For us, we don’t need cats to love each other, but tolerating one another or just sitting in the same room can make a difference, and it increases their chances of being adopted.

These guys didn’t really interact that much, but they had a relaxed body language, and no hissing or growling. They did great, and here is a little snippet to showcase the process.

Dorothy works directly with other C2C volunteers and our Feline Care Manager to write down their interactions and experiences they have with their test kitties. She also is an avid waif watcher. Waif watching is for our Waifs that have been here more than thirty days, and need that extra exposure to showcase how wonderful they are. Currently, Dorothy’s waif is Ringo, a spunky former Beatles member who is looking for a home! 

The Waif Watchers can decorate their kennel however they like, as long as it doesn’t block the actual animal. Ringo is assisting Dorothy in product placement, as he likes his things neat and tidy. But he loves his snuggles too! We are appreciative of you Dorothy, keep being fabulous! 

Next, we have Sam Grimes. She is also a very dedicated volunteer who works with our dogs. She does a little bit of everything, between walking dogs, working with our shy and fearful dogs, bathing, and fostering. She is the Confidence College Volunteer Lead, and if you have a question about one of our shy dogs, she will most likely know the answer. Recently, she told me about Bob, a CC dog who is currently in foster now. Him and his siblings were transferred here, and had little leash skills. He was more shy than the others, so he was placed on Sam’s team. Here she is trying to get him to go on a walk. 

He is a very sweet boy, he is just a bit unsure of the shelter environment. She told me he hasn’t been outside for a walk yet, just inside. She tries with him everyday and it just so happened that the day I shadowed her was his big day! I captured his first moments outside on a leash, and he was a brave boy. You can watch it here.

We even met another CC dog Beau on our walk, and it really helped Bob’s confidence. It was awesome to see how happy he was!

Sam and her team log in a binder about their interactions with the CC dogs so they all can be on the same page. It’s a really good program that helps many Waifs find their forever home! Sam also enjoys bathing the dogs that really need it, or grooming them. She was assisted by Dianne Siegal, another fellow dog volunteer. 

Here they are giving Roxy a bath, who decided to pose a little bit for the camera. It helps to have two people at least because sometimes the dogs are less than cooperative. But they feel good and smell good after, so they get over it pretty quick! They also get a complimentary bandana for being a good sport, and here is Oreo picking his out!

A big shoutout to Sam and Dianne, you guys are so wonderful and we appreciate you!

Last, but certainly not least, is Debbie Brock, who is another dog volunteer. She is trained to do meet and greets, Dog to Dogs, she walks dogs, and she also teaches classes to new volunteers. We offer classes so people can become even more involved in our shelter, and Debbie is a great example of a wonderful teacher. She teaches the Volunteer Orientation class and the Dog 101 class, giving new volunteers an insight to Wayside and the dog area. Here she is teaching a class!

Debbie also helps out with our Canine Care Technicians if we are short or if we have a lot of dogs to care for. I’ve seen her teach a few classes, and she knows her stuff, and she is very pleasant! She loves answering any questions you have, and she continues to help new volunteers on their first or second shift as well. We have a stuffed animal that new volunteers can practice harnessing a dog on, and it’s very helpful! 

It is nice to practice on a “calm dog” first, because some of our high energy dogs will give you a run for your money trying to put that harness on! But it makes for a really good walk as they can’t pull and the harness works against their chest which helps for a smoother trip. Thank you for the pictures Debbie, and thanks for all that you do!

These are just four of the thousand+ volunteers we have for Wayside Waifs. We are incredibly grateful of the work and care they provide for our organization. Thank you for your kindness and the waifs appreciate it as well. If you would like to volunteer with us, please visit our website here.

Please visit our waifs during our adoption hours!

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Jul 6 2017

Black Cat Fever

At Wayside, we currently have 28 black cats and kittens available for adoption. That may not seem like a big number, but they take up a majority of cats here. Black cats have the stigma of being unlucky, and they also tend to not stand out in the eyes of adopters when looking at a different colored cats. It really is nothing personal, it just always happens that way. We have decided to showcase our black feline friends because of how fantastic they are! The following are some reasons why black cats are so awesome!

1. Ancient Egyptians valued black cats so much, they worshipped one as a goddess. 

Bast was one of the most popular goddesses during ancient times, and she was thought of as a feline goddess. She personified the playfulness, grace, affection, and cunning of a cat as well as the fierce power of a lioness. Her name implied that she was sweet and precious, but that under the surface lay the heart of a predator. So adopting a black cat could mean inviting royalty in your home!

2. They always look clean.

Just like a black car, or black furniture, black cats do not really show dirt or grime that well, so they always look clean. The cat will not care if it is raining, or if it is muddy or dusty outside, they know they will still look good! Adopting a black cat means always having a spotless looking companion, and having the bragging rights to go along with it!

3. They go with everything.

Black is a color that goes with everything and never clashes. Are you wanting a selfie buddy that will not ruin your look? Black is a very slimming color, so they aim to show off your best! A black cat is the way to go. Are you changing the decorations in your house to a new style? No worries, your furry friend will continue to go with the new patterns. Bringing home a black cat means never having to worry about color clashing.

4. They have famous cats in their community.

As pictured above, Salem in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, is a very popular black cat in pop culture. Also famous is Sylvester from Looney ToonsFelix The Cat, Binx from Hocus Pocus, The Cat from The Cat In The Hat, and Lucifer from Cinderella. Black cats are kind of a big deal. Adopting one will probably lead to movie deals and recording contracts. Probably.

5. If they shed, as long as you wear black, it blends in. 

If you have that little black dress on, or black pants, the hair will not show up as much. That is always a positive versus having to use a lint roller all the time minutes before leaving the house. Black cats want love too, they just know you want your clothes hair free as well. Wearing black never seemed so nice right?

6. They have their own day, or days!

Because black cats are so amazing, countries gave them their own day of celebration! In the United Kingdom, October 27th is ‘Black Cat Day’ which encourages people to adopt those furry friends in hopes of sharing their uniqueness. Here in the United States, we have a ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ that encourages people to adopt and share photos of their beautiful black cats!

7. They look like Toothless from How to Train your Dragon.

It is like having your own personal dragon! Black cats blend in with the exception of their mesmerizing yellow or green eyes. Because of that interesting look, they have been compared to that popular character Toothless. If you adopt a black cat, you can brag to everyone that you actually own a dragon.

8. They are your own personal paranormal investigator. 

Granted, if you do not believe in ghosts, this one will not pertain to you. However, if you love watching shows like Ghost Adventures and going on ghost hunts, black cats are for you. They come with superstitions, as they were known to be the cats in the Salem Witch Trials. If you hear things that go bump in the night, black cats are for you!

9. You have the best mouser around town.

Black cats are nearly invisible at night, making them the perfect hunter for their prey. If you have a mouse or bug problem, they will be solved with the addition of a black cat. Cats have that predator tendency to hunt, and enjoy a challenge. If they present it to you, it is a sign of respect and they mean to give it to you as a gift, so be courteous!

10. They are like mini Panthers.

Have you ever wanted a jungle cat but being afraid and laws prevented you from owning one? Black cats look like mini panthers, and that is kind of adorable. They have that sleek black coat with those piercing eyes, and they strut like they own the place. Besides bragging about having a cat in general, you can brag about owning a panther!

I think black cats are fantastic, and I think this list proves they are even more. As I said earlier, our shelter is full of these black beauties, and we hate to see them get overlooked as they do. Consider meeting one of our furry friends during our adoption hours! Here are some of our featured black cats and kittens!

This is Lucky, a two year old male black and white tuxedo cat. Learn more about him here.

This is Merida, a four year old female black cat, with similar looks like Toothless! Learn more about her here.

This is Jon, a one year old male black and white tuxedo cat. Learn more about him here.

This is Oat, a four month old female kitten. Learn more about her here.

These are the Ninjas. They are a litter of five black kittens, three girls and two boys. This is their dojo, and they train in here. Always have a buddy when entering their room, as the Ninjas are escape artists. Their names are Aspen, Cherokee, Ruffles, Zazzle, and Fuzzball. Come and meet them today! Or watch them on our Kitty Cam here.

Adoption Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

 


Jun 30 2017

Heat Wave

While we are having a grim end to the month of June, July, as usual, promises to be the hottest month of the year for Kansas City. Our summers are hot, muggy, and wet, while our winters are chilly, dry, and windy. Being in the midwest, you get a little bit of everything here, apart from tsunamis and hurricanes. You can learn a little more about weather in this metro area here. You can also view the weather monthly here. With the upcoming heat wave, we figured now would be a good time to provide tips for protecting your pet from those harmful rays, while giving suggestions for safe fun in the sun!

1. Visit the vet for an early spring or summer checkup.

My animals coincidently have their appointments in the summer, but it helps me out because I can see how bad allergies are and my dog always gets her yearly heart-worm test. These worms are spread from host to host through mosquito bites, and are more common in the summertime. It’s also recommended that you get monthly prevention if you are in an area that has a high mosquito rate. Your vet will have the prevention to purchase at their office.

2. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

3. Know the symptoms of heat stroke in your pets.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse are all symptoms of heat stroke. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. You’ll want to watch out for these during our high heat and humidity days! Do not leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle, it can cause a fatality!

4. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

5. Check the pavement before you go on a walk.

Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn. You can still go on walks, but staying in shaded areas of grass is really the only way to go in the heat.

Now for some fun ideas in the sun that will be both entertaining and safe for you and your furry friend!

1. Kiddie Pools

It’s summertime, and some dogs love being in the water, so why not invest in a kiddie pool?! My dog is forty-five pounds of love, and on Sunday we usually get her pool out and she has the time of her life. Always supervise your animals near water, but it’s a cheap and fun way to stay cool outside! Our first picture above is a Waif here that is enjoying their kiddie pool!

2. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

3. Anything you can throw or toss. 

Now is the time to break out that frisbee or rope. Keep in mind that during the heat of the day, you and your dog should be inside for safety reasons, but two or three throws wouldn’t hurt. You can even do this indoors if you have the access. That way they can get ample amount of playing time while still staying cool, and you as well!

4. Sprinkler toys

Once again, some dogs really enjoy the water, and sprinklers are a cheap entertainment option. There are sprinklers you can purchase for your yard, there are dog specific sprinklers, so many different kinds! If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, they may want to sit this one out, but sometimes the price is worth it!

There you have it! Hopefully these tips for surviving in the heat and enjoying the summertime with your furry friend! Always check the weather so you nor your pet will have to suffer in the heat! Follow the links above to check Kansas City weather patterns. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, enjoy your summer, and have a safe Fourth of July!

Adoption Hours for our campus are below. Let Freedom Ring for the animals at Wayside Waifs! It’s a grrr-eat time to adopt! Join us for our Let Freedom Ring adoption promotion starting this Wednesday, June 28 through Sunday, July 2! Half -price adoptions* for all adult dogs & cats (5 months and older), and all kittens! Adopt one kitten and the adoption fee is waived for a second kitten adoption! Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are ready for a second chance and a forever home! All of our adoptable pets are spay/neutered, current on age appropriate vaccinations and microchipped. You can meet all of our adoptable pets on our website. Be sure to check back daily as more animals are cleared for adoption.
*This promotion excludes puppies under 5 months of age.

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jun 28 2017

Waif Wednesday

It’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marla, Millie, and Ringo!

Marla is a pretty three-year old tabby cat with plenty of love to give. Her Feline-ality is a Private Investigator, which means she might spend some time behind the scenes and make sure the house is in order. She might be a little shy at first, but she loves to give purrs and headbutts! Her favorite toys are wand and mouse toys! Because she is a shy girl, she would prefer to go to a home without children under the age of ten, and she would prefer to be the only cat in the home. She just wants to have all your love to herself! She asks that her adopter will be patient, as she will be uncomfortable at first in a new environment. She will need a private space for a few days, but after that she is ready to be your companion!

Learn more about Marla here. Marla has a video, you can watch it here!

This is Millie, a gorgeous Border Collie mix. She is a one year old, and she is looking for her fur-ever home! She was originally brought to Wayside as a stray, but thankfully animal control found her and brought her in! She’s a sweet girl, with a very affectionate personality. She will need a calm environment, and she asks that you give her time to adjust as she can be quite shy at first. Once she warms up, she enjoys cuddling and hugs. She likes to know that you are there for her, so she wants to be close to you! She’s a smart girl and is looking to learn more from you. Learning new things will build up her confidence and stimulate her brain! She loves going on walks, but she also is a velcro dog-meaning she loves being by your side! Come visit Millie to see if she is the one for you.

Learn more about Millie here. 

Meet Ringo, a strapping young cat with no English accent. He’s five years old, and while he does not sing or play the drums, he makes up for it in making biscuits and purring! He’s a sweet, loving boy, and he has a beautiful pink nose that stands out for all the right reasons! He originally came to Wayside from another shelter as they were low on space. However, he is pleased to be here and he is ready to find that fur-ever home. He’s naturally curious, and his favorite pastime is exploring our sunroom here. That room is all windows, and they can watch birds out back, and most typically enjoy it! That being said, he would love a window in his future home that he can look out of. Are you looking for a mellow, sweet boy to bring music to your heart? He gets by with a little help from his friends!

Learn more about Ringo here.

You can visit all of our animals including our Waifs of the Week during our adoption hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Jun 23 2017

Fourth of July Safety Tips

It’s the time of year to celebrate Independence Day! It is an annual Federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and registering as a country, the United States of America. We typically celebrate with family, friends, fireworks, and good times. However, our furry friends don’t enjoy the holiday as much as we do, so we here at Wayside thought it would be helpful to provide tips on Fourth of July safety for our four-legged family members.

1. Have updated ID and photos of all your pets.

This goes without saying, but sometimes the animals get so nervous and scared they might try to run off and find a safe place. Having proper identification and updated photos greatly increases their chances of coming home sooner. At our store Whiskers & Wags, we sell a variety of collars and ID tags that you can purchase on campus.

2. Leave your pets at home.

To avoid something like a lost pet happening, and to ease your furry friends’ stress, consider leaving them at home for the celebration. Most pets do not want to be near fireworks when they are set off, and find the most comfort at home. Please do not lock them in the car either, because they could suffer from heat stroke and/or brain damage.

3. Don’t put insect repellant on your pet.

This also should go without saying, but if your family is having a get-together and you would like to take your pets before the fireworks show, do not put insect repellant or sunscreen on your pet. There are certain ingredients in both that are poisonous for animals, and will have effects like neurological disorders and lethargy.

4. Never leave alcoholic beverages unattended to where your pets could reach them.

Dogs and cats are naturally curious, and if a beer or cocktail is left on the ground, they might consider knocking it over and drinking it. If consumed, the animal can get intoxicated and very weak, and could even go into a coma. Put those drinks on coasters on a high-rise table so they are unable to reach it, and provide fresh water for them to drink instead.

5. Keep your pet on their normal diet.

This is the time of year when people are barbecuing more and more because the weather is nice. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

6. Don’t give your pet access to glow jewelry. 

Glow jewelry is that super popular item that people put in freezers and wraps around your joints in place of bracelets and necklaces. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

7. Don’t force your pet into a costume for the holiday. 

It may seem cute to dress them up in the red, white, and blue, but unless your dog (or even less likely, your cat) loves to play dress-up, don’t push the issue. If they have a medical condition, some sort of loose clothing is definitely acceptable. Also, if your animal shuts down during the fireworks, consider purchasing a thunder shirt, which can be found at our store Whiskers & Wags. They are proven to help make animals feel safe and secure, while keeping anxiety levels down.

8. Do keep matches and lighter fluid out of the animals’ reach.

Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. Keep those items on a high-rise table out of their reach, and all will be well!

9. Consider getting calming treats and Adaptil collars

Calming treats and Adaptil/anti-anxiety collars are both sold in our retail store Whiskers & Wags, and they have been helpful to ease stress for our animals here. The collar mimics the dogs’ natural pheromone that helps ease tension, and can help them relax during a fireworks display, as long as they are indoors. Calming treats will help do the same things, and will taste good as well!

10. Brush up on flea/tick treatment.

Ticks and fleas are more abundant than ever because of the mild winter we had. They will find a host environment in dogs and cats, and during a celebration it might go unnoticed. We also sell seresto collars which help battle unwanted visitors for up to eight months. They will help during that barbecue and high heated areas! They can be found at our retail store Whiskers & Wags.

These are just some tips that help our furry friends, and you, prepare for the celebratory holiday! Enjoy, and be safe! Our retail store Whiskers & Wags is open during our adoption hours, provided below.

Adoption Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-8pm
Thursday: Noon-8pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


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