It’s almost Easter, and signs of Spring will soon be here! For most of us, the Easter holiday brings back many fond memories of chocolate treats, Easter egg hunts, colorful Easter baskets filled with goodies, and bunnies. But if you are a pet owner, please be careful if you have these Easter staples in your house, or in your neighbor’s yard, which can pose danger to the health of your dog or cat.
(From the Contact Voltage Information Center Website)
“Contact Voltage is electrical current coming from damaged or faulty underground wiring that in turn, energizes nearby objects and surfaces, like sidewalks, street lamps, manhole covers fire hydrants and even puddles.
These surfaces can deliver dangerous or deadly shocks!**
If you feel even the SLIGHTEST shock from an energized surface, call 911, contact your utility company AND
alert your public officials.
Visit the Contact Voltage Information Center Website online to learn more and find out if your utility company is taking proactive measure to address this danger” http://www.contactvoltageinfo.org/
** A few years ago a carriage horse in NYCity was electrocuted to death in the rain, when her metal horseshoes contacted a manhole-type cover under which was a loose, live wire. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/09/nyregion/carriage-horse-is-electrocuted-on-street.html
Listen and watch for dogs and cats accidentally trapped in sheds, garages, and even homes, when families leave for winter vacations. Mis-communications or mistakes can be devastating. Sunbear was trapped in a townhouse laundry room when his owner left town; he died.
Trapped and no one hears you!
It can happen in your neighborhood. You are a dog or a cat, and your family loves you. They left for vacation and arranged for your care. But communication about the date was faulty, or a voicemail was lost, or the caregiver was irresponsible. And you have not been fed or watered for days. Read the rest of this entry »
By Emily Plishner, Houndsman
In wintertime, dogs can get in trouble by running out on thin ice. Warm days can weaken ice on frozen ponds. Even in very cold weather, rapidly flowing water will not freeze completely, ice along tidal coasts will break up with tide changes, and uncovered holes in solidly frozen surfaces can prove to be traps for dogs. Once they’ve fallen through thin ice, dogs can have trouble climbing out again. Carry rope and a change of clothes in your vehicle for emergency rescues—you can tie one end of the rope to a tree or other solid anchor and the other to your waist when going to the rescue, affording you a way to climb back out of icy water.
Read a true story about a dramatic rescue of a dog that went through thin ice.
See a video clip of the above story.
My coonhound Clamour, 75 lbs., once ran over thin ice and ran onto a beaver lodge to bark at a raccoon on an evergreen branch overhanging it. I knew the ice was too thin to support me and I wasn’t sure the ice could support Clamour. I wasn’t even sure the beaver lodge would support him, and I knew it was occupied! I knew Clam wouldn’t even try to leave until the coon did, and I don’t carry firearms when I “hunt,” so I had to find another way to make the coon leave. Mind you, all this was in the dark of night, at least a mile from the nearest house. I lobbed snowballs at that coon for what seemed like hours before he retreated toward the tree trunk, Clam underneath him every inch of the way. Luckily, Clam didn’t fall through until the shallows, and was able to climb out on his own. He then proceeded to climb all over me and get me soaking wet. Now, I always keep along rope in my truck, and sometimes an ice grapple in thin ice weather. Just about every houndsman I know has had to wade into a partly frozen swamp at least once to rescue his dog. And none of them hesitate to do what needs to be done.
I recently came across an article on Dogster.com entitled, “Four Loaded Statements that Annoy Fellow Pet Owners,” and the gist of the article centered on how to avoid being a “preachy pet parent.”
The concept hit home, because through our Sunbear Squad Blog tips, we consistently advise animal lovers and pet parents on how to intervene and give advice to others on animal welfare topics. But one thing we have never addressed is how to give that advice. Read the rest of this entry »
As always, please share this information with all pet parents in your circle!
Charlee Bear Products announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Protein Crunch Bar products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Charlee Bear Products Recalls “Protein Crunch Bars” Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.
With Halloween just a few days away, this classic watch tip bears repeating, as there are always unfortunate incidents linked with this holiday.
Watch for pets out in costumes that constrict, restrict, or impair them in any way. Pets that are stressed out by their costume or the festivities should be removed to a quiet, safe place, and their costumes removed. Set the example by making sure your own pet, if dressed in costume, is outfitted appropriately and is tolerating the ensemble well. Read the rest of this entry »
“Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIETY PACK DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.”
via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.
This article published by Insurancequotes.org makes a great partner to our blogpost, Restraining Pets in Automobiles
Car Safety for Pets: 7 Things to Remember (Article has been removed from InsuranceQuotes site.).
Please share with all the pet parents in your life!