Holiday

  • 4 Recommendations for Favorite Dog & Cat Toys

    When the holidays are upon us and we are fortunate to be able to celebrate with family and friends, of course we naturally want our dogs and cats to be a part of the celebration and they will want to be with us as well. Our pets are valuable members of the family and we enjoy having them with us as we celebrate during the holidays and the spirit of togetherness.

    Take along or have ready a favorite toy if your dog or cat is able to join in the holiday celebrations – better yet, take along a toy for dogs and cats at homes you are visiting, if that’s the case.

    Family Togetherness

    1. For example, our dog Spanky loves his Flippy Flopper and carries it everywhere. It seems to give him additional security to hold it in his mouth or have it nearby.
    2. Our friends’ cat Teddy loves our foam soccer balls for activity, so they are a great gift for a cat.
    3. Big dogs we know love our rope toys and the Flippy Flopper is always a favorite.
    4. Small dogs, like our neighbor’s dog, seem to like the plush toys and sometimes go for the rope toys, too.

    Parties, dinners and gift exchanges can mean extra commotion, noise, food and aromas, rustling paper and new things. When our pets are not used to having more than a few people around, they can get overly excited so a good distraction is a toy.

    Remember to keep your eye on the food, too. When there is more food than usual and it is in easily accessible places, it is best to keep your eye on your pet or make sure temptation is out of the way. Otherwise, pets can end up getting unexpected “floor d’oeuvres.” And “turbo tales” can take out a glass of wine or punch, so that’s another thing to keep your eyes on.

    Whether you are hosting or visiting, you will want to prepare thoughtfully when it comes to your furry friends and family members to keep everyone calm and comfortable, so that everyone has a good time. Some people can be leery if they are not used to pets and being around someone else’s dogs and cats can be a new experience so be sure to check with everyone for familiarity and comfort levels. Pet toys are a good way to keep familiarity and comfort nearby at all times.

    Happy holidays to you and yours and enjoy! Woof, woof & meow.

  • 5 Dog Sitting Choices To Consider If You’re Planning Holiday Travel

    Whatever the occasion, but especially at joyous and stressful times like the holidays in December and New Year’s, there are plenty of good options to consider if you need someone to care for your dog while you are away. The key is to explore the options available to you and your dog and then pick the one that will give you and your best friend a chance to be apart but be comfortable at the same time. Knowing your dog is well taken care of while you’re gone requires some research and planning.

    5 Dog Sitting Choices To Consider If You’re Planning Holiday Travel

    Holidays Can Present Challenges For You And Your Pet

    If you are traveling and traveling with your beloved dog presents more issues than it solves, then consider this short list. The 5 choices include 1) a pet sitter at your home 2) a pet sitter at their home, 3) a local pet hotel nearby, 4) a boarding facility in the country, or 5) a veterinarian’s office that offers boarding as well. Prices can vary anywhere from $15 an hour to $40 a day per dog at a facility. Costs also vary if you have more than one dog or even a cat or two!

    A Pet Sitter at Your Home

    If you already know a pet sitter and are comfortable having that pet sitter stay in your home, that’s the best scenario for your dog. It allows your dog to keep a familiar routine in a familiar place. If you don’t know the pet sitter personally but feel comfortable hiring one from a company, be sure to get recommendations and check out the reviews.

    A Pet Sitter at Their Home

    If you know the pet sitter and are comfortable with him or her, and are comfortable with your dog being at the pet sitter’s home, that’s great. It will take your dog out of usual surroundings and routine, so be sure the pet sitter and surroundings are going to work. You’ll need to check it out together with your dog ahead of time and provide some familiar things for your dog to have during the stay. Find out about other pets that will be present. Again, be sure to ask for references and check out the reviews.

    A Local Pet Hotel Nearby

    A number of pet stores have added what they refer to as a pet “hotel” that is part of the pet store, usually off to the side or back of the store where the pets are able to be on their own without too many distractions. Again, it will be unfamiliar and out of routine, so you should check it out together with your dog ahead of time, get a feel for the demeanor of the staff and surroundings and provide some familiar things for your dog to have during the stay. Also be sure to check out references and reviews.

    A Kennel or Boarding Facility in the Country

    While a kennel or boarding facility can be anywhere, there tend to be facilities in the countryside where dogs can stay in a natural environment and get a chance to run and explore more than in the pet hotels or veterinarian offices that also provide boarding. As with the local pet hotel, it will be unfamiliar and out of routine, so you should check it out together with your dog ahead of time, get a feel for the demeanor of the staff and surroundings and provide some familiar things for your dog to have during the stay. Also be sure to check out references and reviews.

    A Veterinarian’s Office With Overnight Stay

    This is an option if your dog is elderly or has medical issues that need some monitoring from a professional. If it is your veterinarian’s office and they know you and your dog, even better. All the precautions of the first four choices apply here to some extent, so be sure to check it out, ask for references and recommendations, and look at the reviews.

    Definitely ask around, your friends and family will definitely have suggestions. Check out the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, which also offers a certification program.

    We love our pets and owe it to them and ourselves to never let any harm come to them on our watch.

    Happy Holidays!

  • No Tricks...7 Things to Know About Keeping Your Dog Away From Chocolate

    With costumes, scary faces and, especially, the candy—Halloween is one of the biggest days of the year for children seeking fun and sweets. However, this is not true for pets and especially not true for dogs that might inadvertently eat some candy, worse yet that might eat some chocolate. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs, so be sure to keep your beloved furry friend away from Halloween candy and chocolate at any time of the year.

    Happy Halloween from The Flippy Flopper

    How It Happens

    Inadvertently a dog gets into a bowl of candy or a piece of candy, that’s one thing to prevent. Another is someone actually giving the dog candy when sugar is not good for the dog but chocolate can be deadly.

    No matter how much a dog begs, never give a dog candy. And if a dog should eat some chocolate, there are steps you need to take right away.

    What To Do

    First step is call your veterinarian to ascertain best steps to follow in the situation at hand. If your vet’s office is not open, call an emergency vet. The ASPCA’s 24-hour poison hotline (888-426-4435) is always a great call to make.

    Note: It’s best to have those phone numbers and addresses ready and handy at all times so that you’re not spending time looking when the situation is urgent.

    Second step is usually to get your dog to vomit so that the chocolate is out of the system, but let an expert tell you what to do based on the circumstances.

    Keep a watchful eye over your pet in the meantime for such symptoms of poisoning as:

    • Extreme thirst
    • Diarrhea
    • Too much energy
    • Pacing
    • Panting
    • Shaking
    • Seizures

    How Much Is Too Much

    Any amount of chocolate can be deadly, so any amount is too much.

    The toxic component of chocolate is theobromine. Humans easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system.

    No Amount of Chocolate Is Safe

    Even a little bit of chocolate can make your dog ill.

    Dark chocolates, baking chocolate and dry cocoa powder (for example, hot chocolate mix) are more dangerous than white chocolate or milk chocolate. But 1 ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight could still be deadly.

    By the Way

    Theobromine is also found in tea, cola beverages and açaí berries, among other food and beverage products. And it is also dangerous and deadly to cats and other animals, so be aware of any pet getting into candy and chocolate around the house.

    Cocoa Shell Mulch: A Little-Known Danger

    Think twice before you spread cocoa shell mulch on your property. It’s dangerous for pets, too, and dogs are attracted to its sweet smell. Use shredded pine, cedar or hemlock bark instead, ASPCA suggests.

    We love our pets and owe it to them and ourselves to never let any harm come to them on our watch.

    Just because you dog can't celebrate with candy this Halloween, don't forget, you can keep them happy with a number of our products!

     

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