Quick News Bites: Thanksgiving Edition

Advice, Health, Holidays, pets 35 Comments »
Posted by at 12:15 am

Sad DachshundEnjoy That Turkey Dinner But Keep It From Pets
Via KTVZ.com
“It’s not a good thing to give your pets table scraps or things they’re not familiar with that can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea and things you don’t want to deal with during the holiday season…”

Table Scraps Can Be Deadly For Dogs
Via WIStv.com
“Many people think table scraps are a special treat, but some can be deadly for dogs. Cesar Millan, host of National Geographic’s the Dogs Whisperer says there are some things you should definitely avoid feeding your pets. High-fat foods, like turkey skin, are hard for dogs to digest, and can lead to pancreatitis. Turkey bones can also be dangerous. Unlike rawhide bones, cooked poultry bones are brittle and can splinter easily. Onions can also be a problem. High levels of onion ingestion in dogs and cats can cause a life-threatening blood disorder.”

Pets Shouldn’t Partake of Holiday Feast
Via commercialappeal.com
“It’s OK to give them turkey, as long as you remove the skin and rinse the meat. Pet owners should avoid giving their dogs the fat and gristle from meat. Remember, if you wouldn’t eat it, neither should your pet.”

Tips For Flying With Your Pet

Advice, Travel 22 Comments »
Posted by at 7:51 pm

Traveling FerretThe big Thanksgiving holiday travel season starts tomorrow, and if you’re traveling with a pet there’s some things you should know before you show up at the airport with Fluffy or Bruno or Earl or… well you get the idea.

The “human-powered search engine” Mahalo has a great collection of helpful tips on how to fly with pets including what airlines will let you fly with your pot-bellied pig, ferret, hamster, reptile, or even your dog or cat if that’s your thing. Plus they have lots of links to other articles that’ll help you figure it all out.

The best advise of all is to plan ahead — do the research so you know what to expect before you show up at the airport with your pet.

How to Fly With Pets via Mahalo

Forget Kennels, How To Pick A Good Pet Sitter

Advice, Boarding 2 Comments »
Posted by at 10:23 pm

Dog RelaxingIf you travel, you know it can be totally stressful figuring out what to do with your pet while you’re away (assuming you can’t always take them along for the trip). Cuppa Writing For The Soul has written up a nice little advice piece on how to pick a good pet sitter next time you leave town rather than sticking them in an impersonal kennel.

1. Make sure that the pet sitter can accommodate both your pet’s daily feeding and walking schedule during your desired vacation schedule
2) Does the sitter offer regular progress reports and telephone and email availability?
3) Meet the sitter ahead of time with your pet(s) present to establish that it’s a fit for both you and the pet(s)
4) Be clear about the schedule you would like them to keep and give clear instructions about your pet’s needs, medicines, walking, playing, feeding, cleaning, favorite toys and other habits, quirks and idiosyncrasies of your pet
5) Provide medical and behavioral history about your pet(s) as well as veterinary and other emergency contact information, and gather all necessary supplies, including food, vitamins, toys, medicine, and treats in one central location.

Have Dog Will Travel via Cuppa Writing For The Soul

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