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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

It’s that time of year again, spring is in the air, and many of start feeling the urge to start deep cleaning our homes.  Pet owners need a few extra steps added to their spring-cleaning checklist to keep up with the messes that pets make.  As we put on those rubber gloves and start scrubbing the nooks and crannies of our homes, remember to take those extra steps to clean up your pet’s home environment, too.

Before the spring-cleaning begins pet owners should be aware of the cleaning products that they are using.  Many cleaning products have harmful chemicals that can be dangerous to our pets if they are ingested.  There are many companies that make chemical free products, as well as many homemade chemical free products that are safe for pets.

Bath time bonding.
Grooming your dog and cat regularly is an important part of caring for your pet.  It is an essential part of keeping your pet comfortable, clean and healthy.  Spring is a great time to provide regular bath times, brushing sessions and scheduled nail trims.   Not all pets enjoy grooming time, however many pets feel grooming time is the favorite part of your pet’s day.

Scrub down crates and kennels. 
Most pet crates and kennels are built to allow you to remove side panels and the floor tray for easy cleaning.  Spring is a perfect time to take the dog crates and kennels outside for a good cleaning, however it is recommended to clean them weekly to keep a clean and healthy sleeping area for your pet.  Use a diluted bleach mixture using one part bleach and 20 parts of water.  Do not use cleaners that contain ammonia, as dog urine contains ammonia, so adding ammonia to the crate will confuse your dog.  Spray the bleach solution on the crate and allow to set for a minute and then scrub with a stiff brush.  Wipe down with wet cloth or use a hose to rinse thoroughly.

Clean pet beds and covers.
Dog and cat beds should be cleaned weekly, but weeks get away from many of us, so spring is a great time to do a thorough cleaning of your pet’s sleeping area.  Pet beds are filled with allergens, insects, dander and dirt, so it is crucial to purchase a bed that can be cleaned.  Dog bed come in a variety of sizes and materials, but all should be cleanable by either putting them in the washing machine, hose down, vacuum or use a tape roller for cleaning.  Dog beds with covers are great for easy cleaning, as you can remove the cover and clean on a regular bases.  While the cover is being cleaned you can place the bed in the spring air for freshening.

Put a sparkle on pet bowls and toys.
When was the last time you washed our pet bowl or toys?  During your spring-cleaning routine is a perfect time to gather up all pet bowls and toys and give them a quick wash cycle in the dishwasher. 

Get springtime fit.
Has your dog turned into a couch potato during the winter months?  Spring is a great time to get back outside and shed those added winter pounds.  Dogs that have plenty of play-time are more likely to be better behaved while inside and outside the home, as they are able to run off that extra energy.  However, according to Dr. Jeff Weber dogs that have been fairly sedentary during the winter months need to ease back into regular exercise routines.

Open up your windows, put on your rubber gloves and enjoy the spring weather.

 Cece Garza, Owner

Every time you shop at ShopForPaws.com 
you help support animals in need.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Baskets for Dogs and Cats….And Pet Lovers too

 Easter will be celebrated on April 5th this year and Easter Baskets are right around the corner.  With help from the Easter Bunny, your dog, cat or the pet lover in your life can have a Easter Basket filled with everything they love most. 

Making an Easter basket for your pet or the pet lover can be simple. 
Begin by using a pet bowl, pet bed or pet carrier as the basket.  These make for a perfect basket, but much more useful after the festivities have ended.  You can use a pet blanket or cat grass instead of Easter grass, as that can be harmful to pets.  Fill your basket with all the goodies.  Cellophane can be used, but not necessary and depending on your pet may be harmful.  Top it off with a big bow to make it even more festive for Easter morning.  Your pets will love it.  As for the pet lover’s Easter basket, you can use a pet bowl or treat canister to start off a great Easter basket, but if you would rather stay more traditional, then stick with an Easter basket and Easter grass, fill it with all the goodies and finish it off with cellophane and big bow to make it very festive.

Easter Basket Ideas:

Dogs:  Begin by using a dog bowl, pet carrier or dogbed as the basket and you can use a colorful new dog blanket instead of Easter grass.  Then begin to fill it with all the great dog toys and dog treats your dog loves.  Depending on the size of your dog, you will want to make sure that items are safe and your dog is not able to swallow or choke on anything you include in the basket.  I love to finish it off with a big bow.

Bunny shaped container filled with dog treats
Easter eggs filled with dog treats

Cats:  Begin by using a cat bowl as the basket and fill it with catnip plants – it makes the perfect Easter grass for your cat’s Easter basket.  Then begin to fill it with some of the items listed or use your imagination – Your cat will love whatever you put in there.  Just make sure everything is safe for your kitty. Finish it off with a big bow made of yarn.  
Cat Treats
Cat teasers
Plush cat toys filled with catnip
A Few plastic Easter eggs filled with cat treats make the perfect Easter toy. 

Pet Lover in Your Life:  Pet lovers would love to get a basket filled with items that show off their love for animals.  Themed baskets are great, so a pet themed basket would be ideal for the pet lover in your life.  Begin with a pet bowl, pet canisters, pet carrier or traditional Easter basket.   Fill it with Easter grass and some of the gifts listed below.  Finish it off with cellophane and a big bow.   The Easter Bunny will be a huge hit
Easter eggs filled with candy or maybe pet treats to share with their furry friend
Candy Easter bunny

Easter Gift Baskets are great fun to make and even better to receive.  Have fun, use your imagination and fill it with love. 

Happy Easter 

 Cece Garza, Owner


Every time you shop at ShopForPaws.com 
you help support animals in need.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Let's Keep all Animals Healthy and Safe!  Be aware of products and plants that can harm your pets.

My family often jokes about our 3 Labrador Retrievers being vacuum cleaners around the house.  So, when I read the articles from Veterinarian Pet Insurance that began exactly this way, I had to continue reading.  The data that was included in the article was a bit outdated (2011), but very informative.  Families with animals know all to well how dogs will eat just about anything they see on the floor and unfortunately, this will often result in pets eating something that can be poisonous.  According to Veterinarian Pet Insurance the most common type of poison in dogs is the accidental ingestion of pet or people medication.  Not only do incidences that involve a pet getting into something that is poisonous cause incredible heart ache for family member, but the amount of money that is spent on these cases a year is enormous. 

ASPCA is the best resource for emergency and non-emergency poison-related questions.  They are available for questions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  If for any reason you feel your pet has ingested a potentially poisonous substance give them a call at 888-426-4435.  There is a small fee to have a consultation, but well work the money to make sure you pet is not in harms way.  They also have a detailed list of toxic and non-toxic plants, and other household substances, medications, insects, yard and garage products that could be potentially deadly to your pets.  I can’t say enough about this list of items.  While doing this research I found myself very surprised about items that could be harming my pets, and I had no idea.  I strongly suggest every pet owner goes to this website to look at all the potential items that you may have around your home in your pet’s reach.  In addition to the hotline and website, ASPCA has a free mobile app that provides a wealth of knowledge and quick access to potentially life-saving information for your pets.

Pet Poison Helpline is a poison control center that has 24/7 availability for pet owners.  This helpline is available throughout U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  Pet owners are able to call and pay a small consultation fee to talk directly with experts in pet poison.  They too have a detailed list of potentially poisonous products that could cause harm or death to your pets. Each product or plant has a detailed list of common signs to watch for, level of toxicity, alternate names, and to which pets it may be poisonous to.  There is a “For Owners” tab that includes a Guide to Pet Safety, Ways to Poison Proof your Home, and Pet Loss Support.  Looks like an informative website with great information to keeping your pet healthy and safe. 

These are just a few pet poison helplines that could possibly safe your pet in case of accidental ingestion of a toxic product or plant.  In addition to taking steps in understanding and avoiding pet poisoning emergencies, pet owners should have a plan in case such an emergency occurs in your home.

  • Keep your veterinarian phone number handy at all times.
  • Keep your veterinarian emergency hospital number handy at all times.
  • Keep the helpline number handy at all times.
  • Keep a list of toxic plants and household products handy at all times.
  • Bonus would be to have the ASPCA app on your phone.

Cece Garza, Owner


Every time you shop at ShopForPaws.com 
you help support animals in need.