Your Dog Ate your Weed. Now What?

Your Dog Ate your Weed. Now What?

Amid the rising tides of cannabis legalization and growing acceptance of the substance overall, pet owners have begun to ask themselves these questions more often. Indeed, there’s evidence suggested that these accidents might become more common. One study suggested that during the steep rise in medical marijuana registrations in Colorado between 2005 and 2010 marijuana toxicosis cases quadrupled at two veterinary hospitals in the state.

Since dogs are far more likely than any other pet to eat your edibles, we see dogs being a lot more curious about things and eating everything than many other species. Cats, on the other hand, are more finicky about what they eat. (more…)

Like Someone Romantically? Should Your Dog Like Them Too?

Like Someone Romantically? Should Your Dog Like Them Too?

I was dating a guy and wasn’t really sure if I wanted to continue with the relationship. One night my dog just walked up to him, unprovoked, and bit him. No warning, no altercation, the dog just bit him. I was shocked and perplexed. Wrapping my head around what just happened I realized, the dude was done!

If you like someone romantically, you better get along with their dog, too.  A survey was conducted by the dog-walking company Wag!, and it found that four out of five dog owners said their dog’s reaction to a potential partner affects their feelings about the relationship.

Additionally, 86 percent of survey respondents said they would actually break up with a partner who didn’t like their dog. In fact, survey respondents said a potential mate not liking their dog was worse than that person not wanting kids, being a bad tipper, or having bad fashion sense.

“It comes as no surprise to us at Wag! that dog parents place a premium on their dogs’ opinions of other humans and that this plays a deciding factor in their love lives,” said Wag! CEO Hilary Schneider in a statement.

What do you think? Could your dog have this much of an effect on your romantic life?

Are You Pet Ready for an Emergency or Disaster?

Are You Pet Ready for an Emergency or Disaster?

Severe weather,  polar vortex, hurricanes, earthquakes. No matter the cause are you pet ready in the event of a natural disaster or severe weather? In an emergency situation, your pets are more dependent on you than ever, so it’s important to have a disaster plan for your furry family member as well. Being prepared can save their lives.

The Red Cross has suggested the following tips and lists to help keep your pet safe during a disaster.

Top Tips for keeping your pet safe:

  1. If it’s not safe for you to stay in your home during an emergency, it’s not safe for them either
  2. Include supplies for your pet in your emergency kit, or assemble an emergency kit for your as well
  3. Make an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not accept animal guests, other than service animals.

Know a safe place for your pet:

If you have to evacuate your home during a disaster, the best way to protect your pets it o evacuate them too. If it’s not safe for you to stay behind, it’s not safe for you to leave them behind either.

  • Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no pet policies can be waived in the event of an emergency.
  • Most American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  • Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers.
  • Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.
  • Include your pets in evacuation drills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly.
  • Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identification. May pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease.
  • Consider having your pet “microchipped” by your veterinarian.
  • Read more about The American Red Cross’s safety tips for traveling with your pet.

Making a pet emergency kit

  • 7-day of bottled water for each pet.
  • 7-days worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food for each pet.
  • Pet feeding dishes & water bowls.
  • Extra collars and tags, harnesses and leashes for all pets.
  • Copies of pet medications and vaccinations.
  • 2-week supply of medication and copy of any current prescriptions.
  • A recent photo of your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help eliminate mistaken identity and confusion. It will also help in making lost posters.
  • A crate or traveling carrier large enough for each pet to stand up in and turn around. Label the crate with your pet’s name, your name and contact information.
  • Disposable litter trays with litter for cats and extra cage liners for dogs.
  • Tools and supplies for sanitation and waste cleanup.
  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include).
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.