Fourth Of July And Pets

Please be aware that on the 4th of July Companions are the most vulnerable. On this day, Companions go missing, due to the loud noises of fireworks going off. It is the highest percentage of missing companions of any other holiday.

In order to prevent this from happening, precautions are a must. Microchipping pets should be a priority and if you can’t microchip, there are alternatives.

Having a collar and tag with your address and phone number is a must. Keeping your companions inside in a safe secluded room, with food and water. Tv or radio on to drown out the loud noise. Have toys as well.

Make them comfortable as possible to make them feel safer.

Companions are family and we must do everything we can to prevent harm. This goes for any and all types of companions.

Have a happy fourth and remember to stay safe.

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Read The Labels: Xylitol

Dogs love peanut butter and that’s the truth. And as pet parents, we love giving them treats. However, there are Peanut Butters out there that are highly dangerous for our companions. This is when you need to start reading labels before you buy.

Why Xylitol Is Dangerous to Dogs

Xylitol is a sweetener that’s gaining in popularity because of its dental benefits for people as well as its suitability as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. Yet thousands of dogs are accidentally poisoned by xylitol every year. 

In fact, the toxic dose of xylitol in dogs is even less than chocolate! For example, as little as 1.37 grams of xylitol can cause a rapid drop in a dog’s blood sugar (“hypoglycemia”) and result in staggering, disorientation, collapse, and seizures in a 30-pound dog*. If a dog of the same size ingested 6.8 grams, it could be enough to cause a debilitating and likely deadly destruction of the dog’s liver cells. Now consider that it would take about 22 times more (150 grams) dark chocolate to result in the same level of severe toxicity. 

*Sources: New Findings On The Effects Of Xylitol Ingestion In Dogs from ASPCA-APCC 2006; Acute Hepatic Failure And Coagulopathy Associated With Xylitol Ingestion In Eight Dogs from ASPCA-APCC 2006, published in JAVMA (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006; 229:1113-1117)

Please be aware of your peanut butters ingredients. This site lists Safe Brands of Peanut Butter: Senior Dog Days

If your dog should happen to ingest any dangerous food take them to the Veterinarians right away.

Its Hot In That Car

If you need to take your companion animals with you. Then you need to leave the A.C. on in the car with water for them to drink. Otherwise, leave them at home and out of the heat. Too many times I have seen people leaving their companions in a hot car. Too many times I have had to call cops while busting the window open to save a dog’s life.

People need to understand if it’s too hot for them then it’s really too hot for their companions.

If you yourself see an animal in a hot car. You need to alert the local authorities, and let them know you had to break the window to save a life. This goes for young kids as well. Do not leave kids in the car on hot days either. Hot cars are death sentences.

Please be vigilant this summer and take precautions and care for your family members.

Free To Good Home

Free to a good home the most dangerous words that could ever be said or typed. Many times over advocates have warned against using these words, for the fear that any animal given away for free could lead to their doom.

Which it has on many occasions in the past on Craigslist and now on Facebook. The list of animal abusers has been growing over the last few years, with minimal effort to enforce animal cruelty laws, until this year. It has taken a multitude of animal deaths for animal cruelty to even start to be considered a Felony across our country.

When the truth of the matter is it should have already been that way from the very start.

Free to a good home; Words that should not be used in advertising for your companion. What you could use is; Rehoming Our Dog/Cat etc, Serious interest/people only. Also, I would suggest that you ask for references and Veterinary information, as well as doing a home check. To ensure that they have your companions safety and health in mind. That they are not some psychopath trying to obtain an animal to abuse.

Because the reality of the world is not always friendly. As you can see below with links to articles of the tragedy that struck the poor companion animals.

Arthur M. Vieira: Virginia Beach: Animal Abuse

Jason Brown: Nevada

Jeffrey Nally Jr. 

Alex Phelps

Other References

Marcella Corona, “2 Dogs in Cruelty Case Adopted From Sparks Woman,” Reno Gazette-Journal, 15 July 2014.

Stephen Huba, “Man Convicted of Animal Cruelty Finally Maxes Out,” Morning Journa, 19 Oct. 2013.

Chase Erwin, “Police Say Man Killed Kittens He Bought off Craigslist,” WAFF, 7 Nov. 2013.

Selena Hernandez, “Woman Shocked She Gave Puppy to Man Accused of Killing Cats,” KENS5 Eyewitness News, 19 Sep. 2007.

KWTX.com, “Texas Man Headed to Prison in Cat Mutilation Case,” 1 July 2010.

Craig Kapitan, “Cat Killer Gets 8-Year Sentence,” Express-News, 10 June 2010.

Kathleen Ostrander, “Animal Abuser Targeted,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2001.

Kate Gaul, “Giving Away Pets Not Best Option: Many End Up Being Abused or in Less-Than-Ideal-Situations,”Lincoln Journal Star, 28 July 1998.

Elisabeth Heulette, “Virginia Beach Dog Set on Fire Had Been Listed On Craigslist,” The Virginian-Pilot, 7 Aug. 2015.

Gabriella DeLuca, “Virginia Beach Man Sentenced to Five Years for Burning Dog Alive,” WTKR, 13 Jan. 2016.

KLTV, “Nearly 100 Snakes Seized From Wood Co. Property,” WMBFNews.com, 22 Apr. 2011.

Kellie Woodhouse, “University of Michigan Ceases Use of Cats in Survival Flight Training,” The Ann Arbor News, 13 Dec. 2011.

If you are unable to ensure a safe home for your companion animals. It’s better to take them into a NO-KILL shelter and just pay their fee. Otherwise, these are the cruelest outcomes for your companions.