Holidays and Companions

With the holidays coming upon us once again, and as such, I think it is necessary to remind guardians of their responsibility to keep their companions safe. With Thanksgiving meals, it’s wise not to give your companion any “turkey or chicken” bones. These items can splinter off and cause lacerations in your companion’s throat and stomach. Or will not pass through their intestine tract, causing severe blockages.

When it comes to Pumpkin pie, no companion animal should have any because it’s filled with sugar, which can cause stomach issues. However, if you want your companion to enjoy the holidays with you, there are plenty of safe food recipes for your companions to try.

Companion Safe Recipe links:
https://www.rover.com/blog/diy-pumpkin-pie-dogs-recipe-video-in/
https://www.dogster.com/dog-food/easy-dog-friendly-recipes
https://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/resources/3-simple-homemade-cat-treat-recipes/

Firework safety, like with July 4th, you need to be prepared to handle the noise and anxiety your pet may be dealing with at the time. New Year’s Eve does become hectic. Just as July 4th. Companions tend to run off when they become frightened due to the loud noises the fireworks produce. If your companion is a skittish sort, it’s wise to have them inside the house during the commotion. Put music on, have their favorite toy, blanket, or pet bed in the same room with them. If you have a thunder jacket, allow them to wear it for comfort. Any distraction from the loud noises will help keep your companion calm and safe.

As a person who was in the vet field, I have come across many companions animals where they were injured due to foods they weren’t allowed to have. Or where they were found, wandering the streets, because they ran from the fireworks. As guardians, we must take precautions every day, to keep our companions safe. Otherwise, we’re just setting them up for failure.

Romanian Pound Won’t Feed Dogs for 12 Days of Christmas.

WAV Link:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/12/17/romanian-pound-wont-feed-dogs-for-12-days-of-christmas-we-ask-for-your-help-to-resolve/

A message from Harmony Fund;

Romanian Pound Won’t Feed Dogs for 12 Days of Christmas

We’ve learned that more than 400 dogs at the Mioveni pound in Romania will be on their own for 12 days beginning on Christmas Eve. No workers are expected to come in over the holidays, leaving the dogs without food and water. Especially during the cold weather when these dogs have only minimal shelter from the cold, mealtime is the most important time of day. We can’t let them go hungry.

Typically, these dogs receive leftover food from the local prison and from a car factory. It is a mix of food scraps that also includes toothpicks, orange and banana peels, napkins and other garbage. We’re in negotiations now to try to change that diet and to make sweeping improvements to the dog pound over the next few years, but the first step is to make sure the dogs don’t go hungry this month.

It will cost $130 each day to provide 23 sacks of kibble for the dogs, plus a bit of extra money to compel workers to come in to work those days. We will need repeat this all the days the workers are scheduled to be on vacation from Christmas Eve straight through to January 4. If your contributions exceed the cost of 12 days of dog food, we will be able to help with more good quality food in January and February and this will also help us feed many other dogs and cats in Romania who are also at risk of going hungry.

Link to help feed the Romanian dogs this Christmas:

https://harmonyfund.org/donation/feed-dogs-romania-christmas

To donate by mail, send to: To Donate by Mail

Cheques may be addressed to Harmony Fund.
800 Main Street, Suite 217, Holden, MA 01520, USA

Halloween and Companions

With Halloween right around the corner, veterinarians and shelters become rather busy. A majority of people do not realize just how spooky and or dangerous it can be for companion animals. Gwen and I have been swamped this whole month because of celebrations going awry. Many people have brought in companion animals suffering from Chocolate toxicity, and other injuries.

Please be aware that companion animals CANNOT have CHOCOLATE. If you want to give your companions a treat for the holidays, look into getting Carob pet treats. It’s non-toxic and 100% natural. Chocolate is a 100% dangerous even for cats, it causes seizures, anemia as well as death.

If it’s not hazardous foods, its being spooked by costumes and loud noises. Remember even companions get skittish around strange events. In order to prevent your companion from running off, or becoming overwhelmed, we suggest making a room just for them. Placing their food and water bowl, along with their favorite toys and comfort to keep them calm. If the music and party is too much for them, put a white noise machine on.

If your companion happens to get a hold of anything hazardous. PLEASE SEEK EMERGENCY CARE IMMEDIATELY.

A Fourth Of July Reminder

Keep your pets as safe as possible today and tonight.

Leave pets at home unless you are going to a friend/families house that is well prepared for animal guests…

Keep them away from grills. As they can get hurt when spooked.

Make them feel comfortable at all times when the fireworks start. By placing them in a room with distractions, such as toys, treats and a TV or Radio on.

If they should escape making sure that they have an ID tag on them at all times with up to date information to contact you. Is a must have!

🎆Happy 4th Of July everyone.🎆

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.