Pet Safety: Party Animals

PartyAnimalThe holidays aren’t the only opportunity for your cat or dog to get into trouble at parties. Here are a few reminders for keeping your pet safe at this year’s celebrations, family gatherings, and at-home affairs.

Party Safety Tips

Parties can offer plenty of fun for you and plenty of opportunity for your pet to do something he or she shouldn’t. Here’s how to keep your pet safe:

  • Before you head out for the night or your party guests arrive, take your pet out for a walk to get some exercise. Not only will he or she enjoy the one-on-one time with you, but it will help to burn off any excess energy your pet may have for shenanigans later in the evening as well.


Pet-Friendly Donations

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When you weigh your options for worthy causes deserving of your charitable dollars this year, we know that there are many deserving organizations–locally, nationally, and worldwide–that are in need. But it is our hope that, as pet owners and animal lovers, you will also consider including donations to an animal-friendly cause as part of your giving.

Here are a few of our favorites…

TEAR —OVRS’s The Emergency Animal Relief Foundation (TEAR) is dedicated to helping Southeastern Michigan’s pets-in-need. From providing emergency financial assistance to pets in crisis, to helping pet owners afford potentially life-saving cancer treatments for their beloved companions, TEAR is dedicated to serving our community’s pets and their people.

Leader Dogs for the Blind —This outstanding Michigan-based organization helps to train and place free guide dogs with the blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired individuals, nationwide. The service and outreach Leader Dog provides to the blind community is nothing short of spectacular, and the organization is worthy of your support. Continue…

Xylitol: A Hidden Holiday Danger for Pets

Can you spot the Xylitol in this photo?
…Neither can your pet.

What do the fruitcake you made for your diabetic great-aunt Betty, the pack of gum in your stocking, and the plate of holiday cookies that your neighbor dropped off have in common? All of them may contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol, a dangerous and deadly substance for dogs. Xylitol is becoming more and more commonly utilized, which makes it important for pet owners to be on the defense.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is found in items such as sugar-free gum, baked goods, and oral hygiene products. In people it is absorbed very slowly so there are no ill effects. In dogs, however, the substance is absorbed within 30 minutes, causing the body to release a large rush of insulin. This results in a life-threatening drop in blood sugar. Besides this, Xylitol can also have severe effects on the liver. Continue…

Choosing the Right Pet

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Adopting a new pet into your home and family is a big decision. Or, it should be. For many of us, the pets we adopt become our best friends and closest companions, so it’s only natural that we want the best pet possible. Likewise, as pet owners we need to know that we can meet our pet’s needs and give them the best possible life, too. Here are a few things to consider when adopting a pet… Continue…