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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for PetsKeep in mind these Thanksgiving safety tips for pets during the holidays. Let’s make sure it’s not a dangerous time for your furry friend! Enjoy time with your family and avoid a visit to your veterinarian by following this guide:

 Cut the fat:

Fatty or rich foods like beef fat, poultry skin, and gravy can cause severe gastrointestinal issues in pets, including:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive gas
  • Serious diseases like pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a severe inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces digestive enzymes. On the mild side, pancreatitis can cause vomiting and a decrease in appetite, but can potentially be fatal.

If you want to treat your pet, it’s best to stick to a pet treat or a couple of small bites of lean poultry or unsalted/unbuttered vegetables.

Bones are bad:

Although bones from our holiday birds look good to pets, they are dangerous and can cause intestinal upset and may even splinter once digested.

Watch the packaging:

Make sure you dispose of any turkey or other food packaging quickly and appropriately.

All strings, plastic holders and bags that have a meat smell to them can be very attractive to a pet. Once ingested, these items can cause damage or blockage of the intestines.

Chocolate is particularly toxic:

Consider all the cookie and desserts offered during the holidays, many of which contain chocolate.

Chocolate is dangerous for dogs in particular because it contains theobromine, a caffeine-like ingredient that can be toxic to your pet. Dogs are not able to metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans. Complications include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Dehydration
  • Excitability
  • Slow heart rate

Later stages of theobromine poisoning include epileptic-like seizures and death. Keep your pet away from dark, semi-sweet and baker’s chocolate because they contain higher levels of theobromine.

We hope these Thanksgiving safety tips for pets were helpful!

Source: Banfield

A Guide to Pet Halloween Safety

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

A Guide to Pet Halloween SafetyWe’re here to provide you with a Guide to Pet Halloween Safety! It’s a fun holiday for families, but it can be a stressful or even dangerous day for pets. In order to make it an enjoyable and safe experience for pets, here are a few pet Halloween suggestions to keep in mind.

Choose pet costumes wisely:

Be sure the costume isn’t constricting, unsafe or annoying. This can add stress to your pet. Be wary of costumes that use rubber bands to keep them in place because your pet could chew them off and swallow them. Make sure the costume doesn’t obstruct your pet’s vision. Even the gentlest pets can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on.

Keep pets away from the front door

Keep your pet in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours. The continuous opening and closing of the door, the ringing of doorbells, and general noise associated with groups of people approaching the house can be stressful or confusing. Dogs may feel the need to protect their home and humans and may bite your bizarre-looking visitors. Your pet may also become frightened and dart through the open door.

Keep them inside:

There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen or even killed pets that were left in their yards or allowed to roam outside on Halloween.

Be careful with candles or lit pumpkins:

Pets are attracted to bright lights in a darkened room. Candles can be knocked over easily, spilling hot wax on furniture and carpet and potentially causing a fire. Curious kittens or puppies especially run the risk of getting badly burned.

Don’t leave them in the car: 

Pets may find it very frightening to sit in a dark car while scary creatures of every size and shape walk by. Furthermore, your normally friendly pet can become aggressive and protective and lash out at a friendly ghost or witch. For the safety of your pets, leave them at home, inside where they are safe.

Do not feed them candy:

Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can be poisonous to your pet. Dark, semi-sweet or baker’s chocolate can be lethal if ingested. Sticks on caramel apples can be swallowed and cause choking or damage internally. Candy can upset the stomach, resulting in diarrhea or vomiting. Foil wrappers can become as dangerous as razors when swallowed. In short, be sure to keep all of these tempting treats away from your pets.

Source: Banfield

2nd Annual Pet Swap

Monday, September 16th, 2019
Oct
19
10:00 am

2nd Annual Pet SwapYou are invited to our 2nd Annual Pet Swap at Kissimmee Valley Feed Store #2, located at 215 13th Street on October 19th from 10AM-1PM. This is an indoor event and completely free to attend. You may buy, sell, or trade animals. We are excited to host this event and see new relationships form! We are providing tables for your convenience.

The event is open to all breeds, species, or genders. If you are currently not in a position to house a pet any longer, we encourage you to bring any critters that you would like to find a re-home for. So many customers are anxiously awaiting to find their perfect match. Also, this is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking for a new companion, willing to adopt a new friend, or become a pet parent for the first time. The possibilities are endless! Not sure if you’re ready? You still have time to think it over or prepare a space in your home.

Remember to provide a carrier that’s comfortable for your pet. Packing their leashes and collars will help the day run more smoothly. All reptiles or amphibians must be in a container with a lid. Also, all transactions are based on the seller so come prepared with different payment methods.

Not sure what to expect? Stop by to see for yourself what all the excitement is about on Saturday! If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP by calling us at 407-892-4040 or signing up below.

We hope to see you at our 2nd Annual Pet Swap! Follow updates on our Facebook here.

Prepping Your Hunting Dog

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Prepping Your Hunting DogWho needs tips on prepping your hunting dog? We’ve gotten through these long, hot summer months in anticipation for the fall. With hunting season right around the corner now is the time to begin rigorous training. Get your retrievers ready for waterfowl action the right way! Whether you’re a first time owner or seasoned hunter, it’s always a good idea to refresh those skills. Here’s a brief look into the most important tips brought to you by Duck Unlimited below.

1. Obedience With a Twist: obedience in any situation.

2. Steadying to Shot: creating steadiness.

3. Marking: teaching in different environments.

4. Lining: no scalloping.

5. Handling: clean retrieval.

6. Get Birdy: re-introduce the birds before season.

7. Be Cool: take precautions when training.

8. Land-Water-Land: using different bodies of water to train.

9. Go Boating: teaching entry and exit.

10. Meeting Mr. Decoy: taking time to expose them.

Now that you’ve seen the basics, anything you need to work on? Retrieving birds can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Prepping your hunting dog is important to the safety of yourself and those around you. By diving deeper into the information provided in the article, you’ll have a better understanding of what it takes to properly provide training and enforce obedience. To see the entire entry, see here.

Pet Costume Contest and Fundraiser

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
Oct
26
11:00 am

Pet Costume Contest and FundraiserUPDATE: Thanks to everyone who attended! Here is a link to access the photos from the event. https://photocoephotography.shootproof.com/gallery/10681169/

 

All pets (and owners) are invited to our pet costume contest and fundraiser! Join us on Saturday, October 26th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This event is held at 215 13th Street and we are so excited!

So let’s get into the details. There is a $75 prize for each costume category. These include: “scary, cute, fan favorite, and most unique” for your pets. You are welcome to dress up too. Start thinking about your outfits while you still have time! Also, there are different stations set up for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the pig kissing booth, bobbing for biscuits, and the photo stand! The grand prize is $250 for the overall winner. Make sure that’s you!

In addition, there are special raffles, prizes, and event day specials inside the store. Did we mention there is a Yeti up for grabs? We are very happy to announce we are partnering with a local low-cost vet clinic for our pet costume contest and fundraiser. Snip-it is a non-profit spay and neuter establishment in Kissimmee that has generously agreed to help us out. For more information, visit their website here. Raffle tickets are only $1.00 and can be purchased at both stores.

As the event approaches, we are announcing special discounts and details about our raffle drawing so make sure you check back often. We hope to see you there.

 

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